2013 IARC Summer School

akademik fedorovClimate Change in the Arctic Ocean

  • Length:  21 August–22 September 2013 (33 days)
  • Start/End:  Kirkenes, Norway
  • For:  PhD students, postdocs, early career scientists
  • Coordinator:  International Arctic Research Center (IARC)
  • Funding:  National Science Foundation (school and expedition)

About the summer school

To be conducted jointly with an arctic expedition as a part of a Nansen and Amundsen Basin Observational System (NABOS) project aboard the Russian research vessel Akademik Fedorov (right). 

Participants will collaborate with specialists in arctic oceanography and climate to communicate the opportunities and challenges of arctic climate observations and modeling. Young scientists will gain:

  • hands-on field experience
  • perspectives on key issues in arctic climate from observational, diagnostic, and modeling perspectives
  • exposure to methods for addressing arctic climate and climate change


  • Lectures on topics including but not limited to:
    • Arctic climate: key characteristics and processes
    • Physical processes in the Arctic Ocean
    • Sea ice and the Arctic Ocean
    • Trace gases, aerosols, and chemistry: importance for climate changes
    • Feedbacks in the arctic system (surface albedo, clouds, water vapor, circulation)
    • Arctic climate variations: past, ongoing, and projected
    • Global climate models: an overview
  • Fieldwork
  • Mini-projects to be performed in collaboration with instructors and expedition members

Cruise details

  • Start: 21 August 2013, Kirkenes, Norway. Participants will need to arrive at least one day before departure and book return tickets at least one day after the ship's scheduled return.
  • End: 22 September 2013, Kirkenes
  • Accommodation: Aboard Akademik Fedorov in 2 or 4-person cabins

Apply for the 2013 Summer School

IARC will issue partial travel grants for travel to/from Kirkenes, with amounts determined through an application process. Your application package should include your:

  • CV
  • Letter of interest, including estimates for your travel expenses to/from Kirkenes (including lodging in Kirkenes)
  • Letter of support from your supervisor

Application deadline: May 15, 2013. Send applications via e-mail to:

Tohru Saito
International Arctic Research Center
University of Alaska Fairbanks
930 Koyukuk Drive
Fairbanks, AK 99775
Phone: 907-474-1544