The University of Alaska Fairbanks announces that applications are now being accepted for an 11-day spring field course entitled "Field techniques in interdisciplinary sea-ice research". The course is open to open to graduate students in earth, environmental, marine and biological sciences and engineering and will be taught at UIC-NARL in Barrow, Alaska 8-18 May 2013.
This is a course for graduate-level students that offers a practical introduction to the principal field techniques employed in sea-ice studies of an interdisciplinary (geophysical-biogeochemical) nature. The course focuses on sea ice as an instructive example of the close intertwining between ocean, ice and biosphere processes in the polar regions and the transdisciplinary importance of the ice cover in the climate system.
The course is organized in such a way as to encourage interdisciplinary approaches to the problems posed, addressing in particular the themes of temporal and spatial variability of geophysical and biogeochemical variables at different scales. An effort will be made to entrain students from Ilisagvik College in the course activities and include a Native Alaskan ice-knowledge component.
Prior to registration at the UAF summer sessions website (www.uaf.edu/summer/), students are asked to send their CV and a 1-page statement indicating how this field course will fit into their research and career plans to hajo.eicken [at] gi.alaska.edu. The instructors will evaluate these documents to decide about participation if the course is oversubscribed. Deadline for submission of these documents is Friday, March 15, 2013. Students will then be notified by April 1 at the latest about their inclusion in the course.