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. We will use data from the Study Tour regions 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


Inger Kathrine Seierstad

DIS Summer Faculty

MSc in Geology-Geophysics (University of Copenhagen). Educated within glaciology at Centre for Ice and Climate, Niels Bohr Institute. Research on ice cores, past climate change, volcanic deposits in ice, stable isotopes and stratigraphic dating of ice cores. Participated in ice-core drillings in Greenland and Antarctica multiple times. With DIS since 2018.

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.