GEOS/MSL 695: Field techniques in interdisciplinary sea-ice research (2 CR)

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Learn about sea ice, its role in the environment and the services it provides in a changing Arctic through hands-on experience in Barrow, Alaska during the International Polar Year (IPY)

Duration: May 17-28, 2008

Course fee: US$500 and applicable registration fees of the UAF Summer Sessions, covers all logistics expenses as well as lodging and meals in Barrow (based on approval of pending requests for financial support) but does not cover travel to Barrow.

This is a course for graduate-level students that is also open to post-graduate professionals from relevant fields; openings may also exist for a small number of advanced undergraduate students with appropriate background with permission from the instructors. The course offers a hands-on introduction to the principal field techniques employed in sea-ice studies of an interdisciplinary (geophysical-biogeochemical) nature. The course focuses on sea ice as an instructive example of the close intertwining between ocean, ice and biosphere processes and humans in the polar regions and the transdisciplinary importance of the ice cover in the Arctic system. The course will be held with the support of the Barrow Arctic Science Consortium (BASC) in Barrow, Alaska and consists mostly of field-based instruction and completion of different research modules with a laboratory component, some introductory lectures and evening seminars/discussions.

The course comprises eleven modules taught by an international group of recognized specialists:

(1) Introduction to remote sensing of sea ice properties and processes and its application in sea-ice field research,

(2) Sea ice thickness, morphology and deformation,

(3) Ice-core and in-situ measurements of sea-ice physical properties, including ice engineering properties,

(4) Sea ice optical properties and radiative transfer,

(5) Sea-ice primary production and biogeochemistry,

(6) Sea-ice meiofauna,

(7) Ice-ocean interaction, heat and nutrient exchange,

(8) Ice seals and their habitat,

(9) Traditional and local knowledge of sea ice,

(10) Snow on sea ice, and

(11) Integrated sea-ice observing systems

Send your application to Rolf Gradinger or Hajo Eicken - deadline: Feb 22, 2008

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