Arctic Coastal Environments in Rapid Transition

Event Dates

We are pleased to announce the second field school as a part of the International Partnerships for Excellence in Education and Research (INTPART) project “Arctic Field Summer Schools: Norway-Canada-USA collaboration”. The second field school is organized by the University of Alaska Fairbanks and is tentatively planned for May 29 to June 9, 2018.

The “Arctic Field Summer School” is primarily funded by the Research Council of Norway (NFR) and the Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Education (SIU), under grant agreement number 261786/H30. The project supports research and education collaboration among UiT-the Arctic University of Norway, the International Arctic Research Center (IARC) of the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF), USA, and the University of Calgary (UC), Canada. Through a series of summer schools, the project engages graduate students in exploring science questions related to Arctic challenges.

During this second field school, students will participate and learn about remote sensing and ground-based field observations in Utqiaġvik, Alaska (formerly Barrow). The overall theme of the school is the study of processes of the Arctic coastal environment at the intersection between the marine, terrestrial, atmospheric and cryospheric environments using ground-based and remote sensing observations. The course will be primarily based in and near the Barrow Environmental Observatory (BEO) and will be conducted in close collaboration with UIC Science (Ukpeaġvik Iñupiat Corporation), where the participating students will receive introductory lectures and collect in-situ and remote sensing data to be analyzed in collaboration with their instructors. Students will formulate a project jointly with instructors and work on their project for the duration of the field school. The participating students will make an oral presentation and submit an individual or group report at the end of the school, and will be able to earn credits for participation based on an assessment of the work. The class will be offered as a two-credit UAF summer course and students willing to earn credits need to enroll for the class in advance.

Travel grants (amounts will be determined later) will be issued by IARC to help offset or fully cover travel costs to Utqiaġvik (Barrow), Alaska, as well as local costs and accommodation.

Important: This opportunity is open only for US-based graduate students enrolled at US universities and the international partners will advertise separately.

For further information or to apply, please contact Mr. Tohru Saito (tsaito at

Please send your 1-page motivation letter that outlines how this course fits into your graduate study and career plans, CV, and a recommendation letter from your supervisor.

Application deadline is February 28, 2018.