Arctic glacier field course @ Arctic Station, Qeqertarsuaq, Disko Island, Greenland
Mar 15 – Mar 23 all-day

Course responsible: Kerim Hestnes Nisancioglu (GEO/UiB & CEED/UiO), Trevor Popp (NBI/KU), and Fiamma Straneo (Scripps)
Invited lecturers: Andreas Vieli (University of Zurich), Anne-Katrine Faber (GEO/UiB), Sune Rasmussen (NBI/KU)
When: 9 days, 15th to 23th of March 2018 (excluding travel to/from Arctic Station)
Where: Arctic Station, Qeqertarsuaq, Disko Island, Greenland
Credit points: 4 ECTS (lectures, field work, group work, and presentation of results)
Max no. of participants: 18 (10 CHESS and 8 non-CHESS PhD students), merit based
Participating cost: for CHESS students – 2000NOK and for other students – 8000NOK (must be paid at admission)
On the application form, you must write about half page with details of your reseach project and half page about your motivation for the course. We also ask for the name and contact email of your main thesis advisor, as we might consider contacting him/her in the selection process.
Application form here. Deadline: 1 February 2018 (registration closed)

Course description

The course on Disko Island, western Greenland will offer hands-on research based teaching in the field of ice core science. Introducing participants to key scientific methods critical for understanding past and present climate changes in the Arctic. The field course is interdisciplinary, and will provide training in extracting and analysing ice cores as well as in understanding Arctic climate changes on multiple timescales based on ice cores and ice core proxies. In addition to the empirically based studies, the course will provide an opportunity to study the impact of changes in Arctic climate on glaciers and marginal ice caps on Greenland using a simple dynamical glacier model. Through the course, PhDs will learn the theory behind and gain experience with a set of highly relevant field based techniques for extracting climate archives from ice cores. This is currently not covered by traditional graduate programs in Norway.

Partners in the field course include University of Bergen (ice dynamics and paleoclimate), University of Copenhagen (ice core techniques), University of Zurich (dynamical ice modelling), and Scripps Institution of Oceanography (ice-ocean interactions).

Objectives: Introduce students to field and lab based methods necessary to retrieve key climate data documenting variability of temperature and mass balance of typical Arctic glaciers, as well as to simple dynamical models for understanding the transient response of glaciers and small ice caps to climate changes.

Outcome: Following the course the students will have in-depth insight into ice coring techniques, ice core proxy analysis, a basic understanding of ice dynamics, and hands-on experience with numerical ice flow modelling. The course will also foster a strong international network of PhDs and lecturers in polar climate science.

Description of activities:  During the field course, the participants will be working in groups alternating between learning the theory behind ice coring techniques (snow sampling, snow pits, shallow drilling, deep drilling), ice core proxies (water isotopes, chemical impurities, dating techniques, uncertainties), dynamical modelling of small ice caps (numerical ice flow modelling, SIA, mass balance), dynamics of marine terminating glaciers (ice-ocean interactions, fjord circulation, subglacial discharge, calving laws), as well as hands-on training in the field (including safety when traveling on a glacier). The ice coring will take place on Lyngmarksbreen lead by Trevor Popp (KU), and the lectures, lab work and ice modelling activities will take place in Arctic station lead by Kerim H. Nisancioglu (UiB), Andreas Vieli (Zurich), Anne-Katrine Faber (UiB), and Fiamma Straneo (Scripps).

Preliminary analysis of the ice core data as well as snow samples obtained (including use of a Piccaro) will be carried out at Arctic station, which is fully equipped with lab spaces and lecture facilities. We will also take advantage of the unique records of climate, fjord hydrography and sea ice conditions from west Greenland available at the station, which is the oldest Arctic research station in the world.

Crash Course on Data Assimilation @ NERSC
May 22 – May 25 all-day

Course organisers: Alberto Carrassi/NERSC, Laurent Bertino/NERSC and Geir Evensen/IRIS & NERSC

Credits: 2 ECTS

Max. no. of participants: 30 (10 CHESS students)

The summer school : “Crash Course on Data Assimilation – Theoretical foundations and advanced applications with focus on ensemble methods” is part of CHESS initiative and is organised by NERSC. The course targets geoscientists with a background in mathematical and physical modeling, who are interested in the rapid development of data assimilation and its growing domains of application in environmental science, but so far have not delved into its conceptual and methodological complexities. In particular, PhD students and early stage scientists with beginner or no notions of data assimilation intending to apply data assimilation as part of their research are encouraged to participate.

The course will cover the basic notions of data assimilation, focusing on ensemble methods, illustrated with real-scale/operational applications and with the aid of practical exercises.

Check out the details and register with the following links:

course poster
preliminary program
Course webpage with registration form

Registration deadline: 18 March 2018