Climate forcing from greenhouse gases is leading to increasing temperature in the atmosphere and at the earth’s surface. In the Arctic this warming lead to thawing of permafrost, melting snow and reduction of the ice masses. Due to this melting and thawing the uptake and release of greenhouse gases from the Arctic ecosystems changes, likewise the loss of ice and snow, enforcing the increase of temperature even more - (feedback mechanisms). The warming affects the natural environments in the Arctic, further affecting the living conditions for the society.
The objective of the course is for the students to obtain knowledge and understanding of the greenhouse gasses sources, their physical, chemical and biological interaction and the climate forcing and effects in the Arctic. The students will obtain understanding of the sensitivity of the cryosphere (snow, ice and permafrost) to the climate change and the effects on the living conditions in the Arctic. Furthermore they will gain perception of the most important effects on the ecosystems and climate activated feedback processes and an understanding of how the natural environment changes and how this affect the society.
Prerequisites: Bachelor in biology, agroecology, chemistry or geoscience. (Other similar and relevant background would also be acceptable.)
|Language of instruction||English|
|Fields of study||Biology and biochemistryLife science (broad programmes)ChemistryEarth science|
|Teaching place||Greenland Institute of Natural Resources, Nuuk, Greenland|