International Arctic Field School "The Changing Cryosphere: From Sensors to Decision-making"

Under the overarching theme of a changing Arctic cryosphere, participants will get hands-on experience with a wide range of disciplines such as optics/photonics, Arctic ecology, chemistry, geology and human health. Participants will also be provided tools allowing them to think outside the box and harness new aspects of the changing Arctic cryosphere, both scientifically and culturally.

The field school will maintain a sharp focus on the themes detailed below. The school favors a multi-faceted approach that includes lectures, case studies and field trips/excursions delivered by experts from various disciplines. It will also integrate demonstrations of emerging optics/photonics technologies as key components to improve our understanding of the northern environment and its impact on human health.

Climate and the arctic water cycle

Hydrology and snow dynamics
Glaciers, climate warming and mass balance

Changing permafrost and impacts on infrastructure

Urban planning
Infrastructure monitoring systems

Ecosystem response to a changing cryosphere

Snow-vegetation-soil interactions
Dynamics of terrestrial and coastal wildlife populations

Impact on local and global societies

Travel safety
Food and water security
Cultural aspects
Circumpolar perspective

The school will also enable the development of transversal skills such as international networking and collaboration, integration of traditional and scientific ecological knowledge for community-based monitoring programs, knowledge mobilization and informing policy.

In addition to the scientific program, the IAFS provides a unique cultural experience for both northern and international participants, and will seek to foster knowledge transfer locally through activities planned with the community of Iqaluit (public lectures, elders testimonials, etc.).

Field visits / Excursions

Visit of the Iqaluit airport
Visit of Iqaluit water management infrastructures and of Apex river project
Excursion to the coastal sea ice, with a Smart ICE project demonstration
Field trips to measure the different components of the cryosphere on the land

Who should apply

Up to 20 international graduate students with various backgrounds will be recruited. The target audience are PhD students, but in some cases postdoctoral fellows or M.Sc. students (or equivalent) with relevant professional qualifications may also apply.

In addition to international university students, northern students from the Environmental Technology Program of the Nunavut Arctic College will also participate in the school.

Registration Fee: $500*

This amount includes:

Flight from Montreal or Ottawa to Iqaluit
Pedagogical and scientific materials
Food (3 meals a day + coffee breaks)
Lodging (double occupancy)
Activities for the duration of the IAFS

Course details

Academic level(s)Master, PhD, Other
Language of instructionEnglish
InstitutionUniversité Laval
Begin date02.03.2018
End date09.03.2018
Registration deadline29.10.2017
ECTS credits0.0
Field schoolYes
Fields of studySociology and cultural studiesEnvironmental scienceEarth scienceArchitecture and town planningHealth (broad programmes)Security services (broad programmes)
Teaching placeIqaluit, Nunavut
Tagsfield schoolcryosphere
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