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.
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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.
Sustainable use of living resources in the Arctic (5 ECTS)
The overall aim of the course is to provide you with the basic knowledge that will allow you to successfully continue working with population dynamics and stock assessment of exploited stocks in Arctic and Low-arctic environments. During the course, you will be introduced to basic principles of population dynamics in higher trophic levels in low-arctic marine ecosystems, and to understand the overall structure of the ecosystem as basis for basic stock assessment and management. 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. The course takes place in Nuuk and it involves fieldwork in the Nuuk area.
Greenhouse gases and climate effects in the Arctic (10 ECTS)
The course will give you the knowledge and understanding of the greenhouse gasses sources, their physical, chemical and biological interaction and the climate forcing and effects in the Arctic. You will obtain understanding of the sensitivity of the cryosphere (snow, ice and permafrost) to the climate change and the effects on the living conditions in the Arctic. Finally, you will gain perception of the most important effects on the ecosystems and climate activated feedback processes and an understanding of how the natural environment changes. The course takes place in Nuuk and it involves fieldwork in the Nuuk area.
Arctic Marine Ecosystems in a Changing Climate (10 ECTS)
You will learn about the processes, structures and biological communities in different Arctic marine environments and how they are affected by sea ice dynamics and snow and glacial melt. During the course, you will also learn about how the biological structure and function of Arctic marine 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 marine ecosystem within the context of a changing climate. Thus, the course will provide you with the background knowledge to discuss how future climatic changes may alter different Arctic marine ecosystems. Finally, you will get an introduction to management of living marine resources as well as monitoring of marine environments in Greenland. The course takes place in Nuuk and it involves fieldwork in the Nuuk area.