Juneau Icefield Research Program

The Juneau Icefield Research Program (JIRP) is an eight-week immersion in the wilderness of the Juneau Icefield, during which participants (undergraduate, graduate, and high school juniors and seniors) traverse from Juneau, Alaska to Atlin, British Columbia.

The Juneau Icefield Research Program's mission is to provide an unrivaled educational and expeditionary experience in the stunning Coast Mountains of Alaska and British Columbia. We give students a wide range of training in Earth sciences, wilderness survival, and mountaineering skills, and provide unique opportunities for team building and personal growth. 

Participants are active partners with leading scientists pursuing groundbreaking research.  We stimulate cross-disciplinary collaboration among students from the United States and around the world with scientists engaged in all aspects of Earth systems science. 

The field-based curriculum and stunning mountain environment has inspired students for over sixty years, leading many to careers in science but also as teachers, doctors, artists, and explorers. Students learn from leading scientists in a wide range of disciplines, including glaciology, geology, climatology, and biology. The science curriculum is augmented by presentations by professional photographers, film makers, and doctors specializing in wilderness medicine. Student-faculty interaction extends past lectures to mentoring, training in the field, and conversations.  Students have near round-the-clock access to the faculty during meals, on field trips and around camp.

Course details

Academic level(s)Bachelor,Master,PhD
CountryUnited States
Language of instruction
InstitutionClimate Change Institute - University of Maine
Begin date07.06.2020
End date05.08.2020
Registration deadline17.01.2020
ECTS credits6.0
Field schoolYes
Fields of studyPhysical science (broad programmes)
Teaching placeJuneau, Alaksa
Tagsfield schoolsummer school
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