The course is intended to provide 25 glaciology graduate students with a comprehensive overview of the physics of glaciers and current research frontiers in glaciology, with the main focus being on quantitative glaciology, modelling, and remote sensing. In addition, the course will include topics relevant to the Arctic and particularly Alaska, such as glacier-volcano interactions, permafrost, sea ice and isostatic rebound. Key topics to be covered include:

? Glacier mass balance and glacier meteorology
? Response of glaciers to climate change
? Glacier dynamics, surging and tidewater glaciers, ice streams
? Ice-ocean interactions
? Ice-sheet modelling, Inverse modelling
? Glacier hydrology
? Remote sensing in glaciology
? Role of glaciers in the Arctic system
? Current research frontiers in glaciology

Course location: During the course, students will spend 8 full days at the Wrangell Mountains Center in McCarthy, followed by a one day workshop at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. McCarthy is located a roughly 8 hour drive south of Fairbanks in the Wrangell Mountains, south central Alaska. McCarthy is a small village (< 100 inhabitants) in immediate vicinity to 5000 km2 glaciers originating in the Wrangell Mountains (up to 5000 m a.s.l.).

Course lecturers:
? Anthony Arendt, Matthias Braun, Ed Bueler, Regine Hock, Erin Pettit, Martin Truffer (UAF)
? Robert Anderson (INSTAAR, Boulder)
? Tad Pfeffer (University of Colorado, Boulder)
Course sponsors: International Arctic Research Center (IARC), University of Alaska, Fairbanks; International Arctic Science Commitee (IASC); International Glaciological Society (IGS); and NASA.


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The application deadline is February 1st, 2010.