Twice a year, the Global Atmosphere Watch Training & Education Centre (GAWTEC) organizes courses for technicians and junior scientists working at GAW stations. Courses last two weeks and take place at the Environmental Research Station Schneefernerhaus, located very close to the summit of the Zugspitze, Germany’s highest peak. For more information on GAWTEC, including the dates of upcoming courses, just check their excellent website.

The Environmental Research Station Schneefernerhaus as seen from the cable car going up to the summit of the Zugspitze.

One of the yearly GAWTEC courses is usually devoted to aerosols and covers a wide range of topics — from their physical and optical properties to instrumentation and data analysis. This year, one of the most recent members of the AEROATLAN project, Javier López-Solano, had the opportunity to assist to the 33rd GAWTEC course on aerosols, held from September 17th to 30th.

The classroom at Schneefernerhaus, showing the amazing view at sunrise.

Although it was a lot of hard work, our friend and colleague Javier tells us that it was a great experience, not only because he learned a lot, but also thanks to all the wonderful people involved — both the course staff and the other students. If you have the opportunity, don’t hesitate to attend a GAWTEC course!