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Climate forcing effects and adaptation in the Arctic

Course start date
06 Mar 2018
Course end date
06 Apr 2018
Registration deadline
10 Nov 2017
Organisation

Aarhus University

Address
Ny Munkegade 114, bldg. 1540
ZIP code
8000
City
Aarhus C
Country
Denmark
Course category
Education
Course Level
Master
Field of study
Natural science
Course topic
Atmospheric science
Chemistry
Climate research
Environmental science
Geoscience
Teaching language
English
ECTS/Credits
10
Teaching country
Greenland
Teaching place
Nuuk

Climate forcing from greenhouse gases and aerosols is leading to increasing temperature in the atmosphere and at the earth’s surface. In the Arctic this warming lead to thawing of permafrost, melting snow and reduction of the ice masses. Due to this melting and thawing the uptake and release of greenhouse gases from the Arctic ecosystems changes, likewise the loss of ice and snow, enforcing the increase of temperature even more - (feedback mechanisms). The warming affects the natural environments in the Arctic, further affecting the living conditions for the society, which have to adapt to the new condition

The objective of the course is for the students to obtain knowledge and understanding of the climate forcing and effects in the Arctic. They will obtain understanding of the sensitivity of the cryosphere (sne, ice and permafrost) to the climate change and the effects on the living conditions in the Arctic. Furthermore they 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 and how this affect the society. Finally they will obtain knowledge of different addaptation strategies.

Last updated
18 May 2017