The course is intended to provide glaciology graduate students with a comprehensive overview of the physics of glaciers and current research frontiers in glaciology. A focus will be on modeling, quantitative glaciology and remote sensing.
Key topics include, but are not limited to:
Remote sensing in glaciology
Glacier mass balance and glacier meteorology
Response of glaciers to climate change
Glacier dynamics, surging and tidewater glaciers
Ice-sheet modeling, Inverse modeling
Current research frontiers in glaciology
Course admission / eligibility
The summer school is open to 28 graduate students worldwide targeting primarily (but not exclusively) early stage PhD students. Students must be enrolled in a PhD or MSc program during the time of the course (In exceptional cases we will accept students who are not yet PhD or MSc students, but who can provide convincing evidence that they will be enrolled latest by the beginning of the fall semester 2018). First-year postdocs/early-career scientists (or 2020 PhD graduates) may be considered in exceptional cases, if a strong point can be made why this course is needed. Prior detailed knowledge/background in glaciology is not a prerequisite, but preference will be given to students with stronger math/numerical background. Due to our funding sources roughly half of the students will be recruited from US affiliations (no matter nationality) and a small number of slots is reserved for students who are part of the Norwegian-North-American RemoteEx project. RemoteEx students needs to submit the same application package as all other applicants.
Course prerequisites: Graduate standing (PhD or MSc student); some university level math and physics is highly recommended. Preference will be given to PhD students in their early stage of their program and those with a strong numerical background.
Course expenses (including accommodation, meals, transport Fairbanks - McCarthy, course material) are largely covered by external grants. However, most likely there won't be enough funding to cover all costs and therefore need to collect a course fee of US $100-300 per person.
Travel to and from Alaska is not covered. All students are expected to cover their travel to and from Alaska themselves. However, there are some limited funds to provide a few (partial) travel grants mostly for international (non-US based) students from underpreviledged countries.
|Language of instruction||English|
|Institution||University of Alaska Fairbanks|
|Fields of study||Basic/broad, general programmes|
|Teaching place||McCarthy, Alaska|