ACDC-GRISO Summer School 2023: Past and Future Changes in Greenland Climate

Topic: Past and Future Changes in Greenland Climate

Date: August 20-September 2, 2023

Location: Arctic Station, Qeqertarsuaq, Greenland

Applications: by the 15th of March using this form:

Target: PhD students and early postdocs

The University of Bergen Advanced Climate Dynamics Courses (ACDC) and Greenland Ice Sheet Ocean (GRISO) science network will host a joint summer school at Arctic Station in Qeqertarsuaq, Greenland, during August 20-September 2, 2023. Similar information to that below can be found on the ACDC website at

Topic, activities and aims

The topic is Past and Future Changes in Greenland Climate and will cover at least the following science areas:

  • Greenland ice sheet dynamics, ice sheet history and glacier modeling
  • Atmospheric dynamics, ice sheet-climate interaction
  • North Atlantic/Arctic oceanography, fjord dynamics, ice-ocean interactions
  • Regional climate history and proxies

These topics will be covered in both lectures and group projects. There is likely to be an opportunity to take part in local outreach in either Qeqertarsuaq or Ilulissat, this will be confirmed after admissions.

Field trips will include experience of oceanographic data and sediment core collection on the research vessel Porsild.

Through the above activities, the aims of the summer school are to
  • Provide an understanding of the dynamics of the Greenland human-climate system, including the atmosphere, ocean, ice sheet and communities
  • Explore how and why the system has changed in the past and how it may evolve in the future
  • Provide experience of ocean-based data collection and analysis
  • Develop skills in cross-discipline collaboration and communication
  • Develop skills and experience in community outreach (to be confirmed)
  • Provide a lasting and strong early-career network for participants

Arctic Station

Arctic Station is a research station located on Qeqertarsuaq (Disko Island) in west Greenland, reached by boat ride from Ilulissat. It has both lecture and laboratory space. Information on the venue can be found at

Confirmed lecturers

  • Kerim Nisancioglu (University of Bergen)
  • David Battisti (University of Washington)
  • Fiamma Straneo (Scripps Institution of Oceanography)
  • Donald Slater (University of Edinburgh)
  • Camilla Andresen (Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland)

Target Participants

The summer school is able to accommodate approximately 20 students. The primary audience for the summer school is advanced PhD students and early postdocs. We particularly encourage applications from Greenland-based students and underrepresented minority groups. Summer school participants will have the opportunity to participate in hiking, plus experience boat-based fieldwork. Note however that no previous outdoor or field experience is required.


The cost of the school is 3,000USD per student, which covers accommodation, food, and field excursions. We expect that the summer school will be able to cover this expense for applicants with a documented need of financial support. A decision on requests for financial support will be made after the applications have been evaluated. Note that participants are expected to pay for their own travel to and from Ilulissat (estimated return trip from Copenhagen to Ilulissat is 1,500USD). In a few rare cases, we may also be able to support travel costs. Please detail in your application to what extent your participation is dependent on receiving financial support.


As part of the application form you will be asked to confirm your vaccination status.

Application Process

Applications must be submitted by March 15, 2023 using the form Applications include a two-page CV, a letter of recommendation from an advisor and a few free-text questions. Applications will be evaluated by the joint ACDC-GRISO organizing committee, and applicants will be admitted with the aim of having a diverse and interdisciplinary group of students. Participants will be notified of acceptance via email by roughly April 1, 2023.


Any questions may be directed to or