Ice Cores and Ice Ages: Greenlandic Climate Change Case StudySemester Course

Environmental Science of the Arctic
Week-Long Study Tour
Core Course Week Study Tour
Eastern Denmark
Major Discipline(s)
Biology, Environmental Science, Geology
Core Course
Fall/Spring semester

This course focuses on the natural science aspects of climate change during the prehistoric time with focus on the glacial and the deglaciation. You gain an understanding of past climate variability, its underlying causes and mechanisms as a basis for separating natural and anthropogenic climate change and for making useful projections of future climate and assessing its impacts. The course focuses on pre-human times, and the 100,000 year old Greenlandic ice sheet provides an ideal case study.

I would not be able to experience similar academics at my home university purely because of the DIS professors’ experience in ice core and climate research. They took us to their research center, the Center for Ice & Climate, to ice cores on a field study. It’s an amazing place full of scientists passionate about the climate system! The professors’ enthusiasm really rubbed off and I was able to appreciate the data in a deeper context through their first-hand experience with the research. The Greenland study tour was the best experience. Amazing, wonderful, fantastic just can’t capture the experience! I would encourage any student interested in climate change and scientific adventures to take this new program.

Jessica Lee, Gettysburg College

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Susanne Lilja Buchardt

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

PhD in Glaciology (University of Copenhagen). Educated at Centre for Ice and Climate, Niels Bohr Institute and works with ice core analysis and ice flow models. Participated in ice core drillings in Greenland and Antarctica since she was a grad student. With DIS since 2013.

Environmental Science of the Artic, Susanne Lilja Buchardt

Sune Olander Rasmussen

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

Ph.D. (Geophysics, University of Copenhagen, 2006). M.Sc. (Geophysics, University of Copenhagen, 2002). Assoc. professor and coordinator at Centre for Ice and Climate, Niels Bohr Institute. With DIS since 2011.

Environmental Science of the Arctic, Sune Olander Rasmussen

Trevor Popp

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

Ph.D. (Geological Sciences, University of Colorado, Boulder, 2008). M.Sc. (Oceanography, Florida State University, 1998). Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research, University of Colorado, Boulder, 1998-2006. Centre for Ice and Climate, Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen, 2008-present. With DIS since 2011.