ASSP – Spring Semester

During the spring semester, Aarhus University teams up with the Greenland Institute of Natural Resources to offer five arctic courses (total 30 ECTS) on Arctic climate change. All courses are graduate level.

 

Introductory safety course

 

The course will give you knowledge about the risks when working in Greenland. During the course, you will get hands-on practice and theoretical introduction to safety and behavior working on sea ice, e.g. use of rifles, flares etc. to scare away polar bears and muskoxen, first aid with focus on prevention and treatments of frost injuries, emer­gency equipment including navigation in Greenland and use of communications sys­tems (including VHF radio, satellite phone ect.), setting up emergency camps (including snow pits), rescue techniques on sea ice, safety on snowmobile and avalanche scenarios, rescue techniques and ship safety. This course will not grant ECTS, but it is mandatory for you when working on sea ice. The course takes place in Nuuk and it involves fieldwork in the Nuuk area.

For more information, see “How to apply” or go to the course descriptions

 

Sea ice Ecology (5 ECTS)

 

The course will give you insight into and understanding of the most important physical and chemical parameters e.g. light availability, nutrients, salinity, inorganic and organic carbon dynamics and temperature fluctuations relevant for the structure and function of Arctic sea ice ecosystem. You will obtain skills to discuss how future changes in those parameters will influence sea ice ecosystems. During the course you will get an understanding of sea ice as an ecosystem with its own unique characteristics and energy transport pathways. Finally, you will get an understanding of sea ice as an extreme ecosystem, focusing especially on sea ice algae and bacteria. The course takes place in Nuuk and it involves fieldwork in the Nuuk area.

For more information, see “How to apply” or the course catalogue

 

Introduction to Arctic population dynamics and applied stock assessment (5 ECTS)

 

The course will provide you with the basic knowledge to successfully continue working with population dynamics and stock assessment of exploited stocks. During the course, you will be introduced to basic principles of population dynamics in higher trophic levels in low-arctic marine and terrestrial ecosystems, and understand the overall structure of the ecosystem. Based on these principles you will learn how to do basic stock assessments using different techniques such as age-based, length-based and production models. This will enable you to interpret scientific advice from international organizations and will give you a solid foundation for further studies in stock assessment and employment in this industry. Finally, you will be introduced to the advisory processes to give an insight into the further life of the assessment results. The course takes place in Nuuk and it involves fieldwork in the Nuuk area.

 

 

Climate forcing, effects and adaptation in the Arctic (10 ECTS)

 

The course will give you the knowledge and understanding of the climate forcing and effects in the Arctic. You will obtain understanding of the sensitivity of the cryosphere (snow, ice and permafrost) to climate change their effects on living conditions in the Arctic. You will gain perception of the most important effects on ecosystems and climate activated feedback processes and an understanding of how the natural environment changes and how this affect the society. Finally, you will obtain knowledge of different adaptation strategies. The course takes place in Nuuk and it involves fieldwork in the Nuuk area.

For more information, see “How to apply” or the course catalogue

 

Arctic aquatic ecosystems in a changing climate (10 ECTS)

 

The course will give you knowledge about the processes, structures and biological communities in different Arctic aquatic environments and how they are affected by snow and glacial melt, e.g. ocean, fjords, streams and lakes. During the course, you will also learn about how the biological structure and function of Arctic aquatic ecosystems are influenced by physical and chemical parameters e.g. temperatures, freshwater input (salinity), nutrients levels, light conditions and ice cover. The extreme environment of the Arctic makes it particularly vulnerable to climate change and so the course focusses on Arctic aquatic ecosystem within the context of a changing climate. Furthermore, the course will provide you the background knowledge to discuss how future climatic changes may alter different Arctic aquatic ecosystems. Finally, you will get an introduction to management of living marine resources as well as environmental monitoring and environmental impact assessments in Greenland. The course takes place in Nuuk and it involves fieldwork in the Nuuk area.

For more information, see “How to apply” or the course catalogue

 

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