During 2–28 Apr 2019 the research training visit was carried out for two MSc students – Margarita Sedeeva and Georgy Nerobelov – from the Russian State Hydrometeorological University (RSHU, St. Petersburg) to the University of Helsinki (UHEL) and the Institute for Atmospheric and Earth System Research (INAR) (Helsinki, Finland). This training is a part of
the Enviro-PEEX on ECMWF HPC project “Pan-Eurasian EXperiment (PEEX) Modelling Platform research and development for online coupled integrated meteorology-chemistry-aerosols feedbacks and interactions in weather, climate & atmospheric composition multi-scale modelling” (2018–2020).
The training format included: (i) the HARMONIE model setup, testing, and running on ECMWF HPC (with advises and hints from Prof. Sergeii Ivanov (OSENU, Ukraine) and Dr. Carsten Maass (ECMWF, UK)); running the Enviro-HIRLAM model on the RSHU & CSC clusters; finalizing visualization, analysis and discussions of the Enviro-HIRLAM modelling results; finalizing writing “Methodology” and “Results and Discussions” chapters to MSc theses (“Regional-urban scales modeling of aerosols feedbacks: with focus on St. Petersburg, Moscow and Helsinki metropolitan areas” by G. Nerobelov & “Processes, modeling and evaluation of aerosol impact on regional scale” by M. Sedeeva); finalizing research articles to the RSHU Scientific Reports journal (“Online integrated modeling on regional scale in North-West Russia: estimating of aerosols impact on meteorological parameters” by G. Nerobelov et al. & “Modelling and GIS evaluation of regional pollution from Kola peninsula” by M. Sedeeva et al.); outlining and drafting articles (“Online-integrated modeling of aerosols feedbacks for the St. Petersburg, Moscow and Helsinki metropolitan areas” by G. Nerobelov et al. and “Enviro-HIRLAM modeling and GIS evaluation of pollution in Northern Fennoscandia and North-West Russia” by M. Sedeeva et al.).
The training also included visits to several University’s events such as students’ seminars on demonstrating research projects’ results, PhD thesis defence “Seasonal snow surface roughness and albedo”. Moreover, we presented our research training plans and some results during the Dynamical Meteorology and Earth System Modelling groups meetings. Discussions on writing articles, making presentations, scientific publications overview, practicing approaches to independent vs. team-work vs. under supervision, University library visits, etc. took place. Introductory visit to the laboratory for aerosols measurements and instruments repairing as well as to the SMEAR-III urban station for meteorological and atmospheric pollutants were organized by Dr. Pekka Rantala. Visit to the University’s radar laboratory was arranged by Ass.Prof. Dmitrii Moisseev. Visit to FMI building with introduction to the meteorological institute history, research activities and daily life were carried out by Dr. Risto Makkonen and PhD student Evgeny Kadantsev. Interesting peculiarities and details of the University’s student life as well as requirements for the UHEL PhD programmes were introduced and discussed with Irina Statnaia and Ekaterina Ezhova.
We would like express our appreciation to the UHEL, INAR, FMI colleagues who were actively involved into organization and carrying out of the Enviro-PEEX research training visit, inspiring meetings and discussions, and especially, to the University’s professors, researchers, students and colleagues – Markku Kulmala, Hanna K. Lappalainen, Alexander Mahura, Risto Makkonen, Katja Lauri, Tuukka Petäjä, Pekka Rantala, Dmitrii Moisseev, Evgeny Kadantsev, Irina Statnaia, Ekaterina Ezhova, Martha Zaidan, Alla Borisova, and others.
Respectfully, Georgy and Margarita