Climate Change and GlaciersSummer Course

Summer study tour to Iceland, Climate Change and Glacier Modeling, DIS Copenhagen
Summer Study Tour
Greenland or Iceland
Major Discipline(s)
Environmental Science, Geology, Geography
Location: Copenhagen
Session 2

Glaciers and ice sheets play an important role in the climate system: Their bright surfaces reflect sunlight back to space thus keeping the temperature down, and when they melt or grow, it directly affects the global sea-level. Therefore, it is crucial to understand the past, present, and future behavior of glaciers when addressing the topic of climate change. This course provides you with a basic understanding of glaciers and their role in the climate system. You will learn how glaciers interact with their immediate surroundings and how large ice bodies can act as an archive of past climate change. We will use data from the study tour region as case studies in the classroom as well as on the study tour.

Related Discipline(s)

This summer course would also be of interest to the following discipline(s):
Environmental Studies


Eliza Cook

DIS Summer Faculty

PhD in Physical Geography at Swansea University (2016) and MSc in Quaternary Science at University College London (2003). Currently an assistant professor at Copenhagen University, with a research focus on reconstructing volcanism over the last 100,000 years, using the Greenland ice cores. Experience as a Field Scientist on eight ice core drilling expeditions in the Arctic, and as a field operations manager, supporting research logistics for the research missions in Greenland

Sebastian Fabian Jensen Zastruzny

DIS Summer Faculty

PhD (Geography-Geosciences, University of Copenhagen). Educated in permafrost dynamics at the Centre for Permafrost, IGN. Research on permafrost cores, water samples, climate data series, process based modelling, and effects of future climate change. Conducted fieldwork and taught field courses in Greenland and Denmark multiple times. With DIS since 2023.