Climate Change and GlaciersSummer Course

Summer Study Tour
Arctic Norway 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. The Danish landscape was shaped by the glaciers that retreated from this area at the end of the last ice age, and the coastlines of Denmark are today affected by the melting of glaciers at higher latitudes. On the study tour we will explore these topics along with local cultural experiences.

Related Discipline(s)

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


Susanne Lilja Buchardt

DIS Summer Faculty

Ph.D. 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.