The Arctic Science Study Programme (ASSP) courses offered in Nuuk give your education an Arctic angle and provide you with first-hand experience of working in and with climate and communities of the Arctic. Together with the Greenland Institute of Natural Resources (GINR), ARC offers five Arctic courses focusing on climate and society in the spring semester. All courses are on graduate level.
To apply for the courses in the Arctic Science Study Programme (ASSP), please complete the “Student Information” form on ASSP homepage (how to apply). Applicants applying for a full semester (30 ECTS) are given priority.
After submitting the “Student Information” form you will receive an e-mail with details on how to proceed with registration for the courses and other practical information. We can also help finding accommodation in Nuuk and help applying for funding to cover accommodation and travel cost.
The five Arctic courses in the spring semester are:
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 and rescue techniques. 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.
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. For more information see the course catalogue. See also this video from the Sea ice ecology course.
The course will give you the basic principles of microbial ecology and biogeochemical processes that take place in a range of environments in the Arctic with particular focus on the terrestrial and freshwater environment e.g. colonization and formation of soils in recent deglaciated areas by microbial communities, release of methane from subglacial habitats, albedo modification by microbial colonization of ice and snow, microbial food webs in Arctic lakes, microbial communities in permafrost soil active layer and permanently frozen soil, microbial activity in connection to greenhouse gas formation and consumption (methane emissions, N2O emmissions etc.). You will be able to appreciate the way microbes interact and how they change their physical and chemical environment. Finally, you will be able to identify the feedback between climate change and microbial processes in Arctic habitats. The course takes place in Nuuk and it involves fieldwork in the Nuuk area.
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. For more information see the course catalogue.
You will learn about 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. 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. 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. For more information see the course catalogue.
Photos by: Martin Blicher, Thomas Juul-Pedersen, Dorte S. Schrøder, Bjarne Jensen, Henrik Lund & Peter Schmidt Mikkelsen