GreenlandWeek-Long Study Tour | Environmental Science of the Arctic Program

Required Course(s)
Ice Cores and Ice Ages
Available
Spring semester

You will have the rare opportunity to study arctic phenomena in Greenland during this week-long study tour to Kangerlussuaq. This Study Tour will combine topics involving arctic biology, geology, meteorology, and arctic politics, with hands-on experience on the ice sheet. You will encounter the Greenlandic ice sheet, discuss climate changes, discover magnificent flora and fauna, and hopefully, witness the aurora borealis.

 

Tour Objectives

  • Explore past climate change to contextualize current and projected climate change
  • Gain an understanding of the methods applied in palaeoclimatology, including various indirect measurements (proxies) and dating methods
  • Understand the basis for climate projections and the source of some of the main uncertainties

Possible Activities

  • Hear a lecture on the Aurora borealis and a visit to a radar station
  • Take an all-day excursion to the Greenland ice cap and participate in a tundra safari
  • Enjoy Kaffemik and have a coffee get-together with a local family