Summer school “Glaciers and climate: new inter-disciplinary perspectives to constrain change – past, present and future”

August 31, 2020 – September 4, 2020 all-day
Hardanger Fjord Lodge, Folgefonna Ice Cap

Responsible: Willem van der Bilt & Jostein Bakke (UiB)
International lecturers:
Max. no. of participants: 7 CHESS students (total participants: max. 20)
Credit points: 2 ECTS
Registration form hereDeadline: 31 May
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Course description: This Summer School that will help students to advance the potential of archives of glacier-climate change to better predict the societal impacts of the rapidly melting cryosphere. As the world`s largest freshwater reservoir and a major driver of global sea-level rise, this transformation affects the daily lives of millions. Robust adaptation strategies are underpinned by a combination of observations, reconstructions and projections of glacier-climate. However, existing approaches often lack this inter-disciplinary outlook and the associated cross-fertilization of new ideas. This Summer School will help participants to overcome this barrier, innovate their research and strengthen their interpretations by integrating multiple lines of evidence. To help a new generation of lacier-climate scientists embrace more holistic approaches, the week will be filled with a combination of networking, lecturing and field-based learning. To do so in a stimulating yet safe environment, we will bring an international team of experts and students together in a cozy historical setting right next to Norway`s finest natural glacial laboratories: the Folgefonna ice cap.

Learning modules/structure: During this Summer School, we will help participants to

1) build inter-disciplinary collaborations at the start of their career by a. hosting evening networking workshops and b. organizing poster sessions where participants can apply and develop these skills in a safe environment (days 1-2),
2) introduce an array of emerging cross-disciplinary research tools during a. classroom-based master classes to establish a common theoretical framework (days 1-2) and b. field-based practicals to gain hands-on experience (days 3-4), and
3) disseminate findings to generate impact and take part in public discourse by a. involving communication experts (day 4), and b. engaging with local stakeholders on the causes and consequences of glacier-climate change.

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Learning outcomes: At the end of this course, students will have learnt to
1) effectively network,
2) link interdisciplinary research questions to skills and techniques, and
3) disseminate their work.

Prerequisites: Research with a focus on glaciers and climate. Students should also be willing and able to take part in outdoor activities during the week, prepare a (poster) presentation on their work, and bring a laptop to help carry out exercises for the master classes and practicals.

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