IARC’s Summer School program brings young scientists, graduate and undergraduate students, and adult learners together with experts in a wide range of topics of Arctic science for extended periods of study and interaction. Participants receive world-class instruction and experience in the field of Arctic research.

Focusing on a different topic every year, IARC’s Summer School programs immerse participants in the opportunities and challenges of Arctic science through lectures, technical sessions, and in-depth discussions led by specialists in their field, prominent scientists from IARC, UAF and other US Universities, and abroad. Moreover, they provide hands-on activities and projects, and field trips to various research sites in the Arctic.

IARC’s Summer School programs train skills for communicating science across the disciplines and to the public, skills critical in today’s world, more than ever, where Arctic system research has global implications and applications.

2016 Summer School

The two-week summer school brought graduate students and young scientists together with specialists in Arctic climate and climate modeling to convey to a new generation of scientists the opportunities and challenges of Arctic climate modeling. Learn more

Past Summer Schools

Arctic in a Warming Climate: Connection to Vegetation, Permafrost and Hydrology (2015) provided an overview of the controls of ecosystem variability in northern Alaska, from Alaska’s Interior to the Arctic, and an illustration of the interplay between data collection and modeling. Major themes included permafrost and ecosystem variation along the Arctic climate gradient, hydrologic processes, and engineering solutions.

International Summer School in Glaciology (2014) provided glaciology graduate students with a comprehensive overview of the physics of glaciers and current research frontiers in glaciology, including remote sensing in glaciology; glacier mass balance and glacier meteorology; response of glaciers to climate change; glacier dynamics, surging and tidewater glaciers, ice streams; ice-sheet modeling; inverse modeling; glacier hydrology and geology; and current research frontiers in glaciology.

Above: Instructor Torre Jorgenson discusses thermokarst ponds with students during an IARC Summer School.