- You will learn from researchers and staff from a variety of disciplines at the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ International Arctic Research Center and its collaborators.
- An introduction to a variety of areas of expertise, from atmospheric science to traditional knowledge on subsistence calendars, will equip you to understand these complex systems and the knowledge-holders who examine them in detail.
- You will develop a basic understanding of climate change in the circumpolar arctic through an in-depth examination of four primary systems: atmospheric systems, marine systems, terrestrial systems, and human systems.
- Key concepts will be explained with practical Arctic-focused examples including Arctic climate modelling, climate policy, physical properties of the ocean, and more.
- You will learn to trace impacts through those complex systems from physical science, through the biodiversity of flora and fauna, and on to the societies that depend on those resources.
- Key texts to understanding environmental change will be made available to participants with guidance and quizzes to check understanding, giving you the skills to understand reports and policies impacting the region.
Title image credit – Steffen M. Olsen, Climate researcher at the Danish Meteorological Institute
- Develop an understanding of climate and Arctic terminology
- Compare the four featured systems in the Arctic: atmospheric, terrestrial, marine, and human
- Demonstrate the connected nature of Arctic systems
- Analyze how those systems interact and affect one another
- Interpret climate science reports such as the US Arctic Report Card, Alaska’s Changing Environment, and others
Week 1: Change in our Arctic Atmosphere
- Emissions, atmospheric systems and the effects of climate change on the Arctic atmosphere.
- Temperature and precipitation
- Snow, storms, extreme events, and air quality
- Modeling and climate model projections, downscaled projections
Week 2: Change On and Under the Waves
- Ocean temperature & salinity
- Changes in Arctic sea ice concentration, formation, and thickness
- Ocean currents
- Ocean acidification and ocean change
- The marine food web: algal blooms, fish, marine mammals
- How changes in physical properties impact the entire marine ecosystem
Week 3: Our Changing Terrestrial Environment
- Permafrost and terrestrial snow cover
- Glacial ice
- Wildfire impacts
- Terrestrial animals and ecosystems
- Future changes
Week 4: The Human Element
- History of human activity in the Arctic
- Food security
- Governance: local and global policymakers
- Risk and vulnerability assessments
- Adaptation actions and multiple stressors
- Lectures 0
- Quizzes 0
- Duration 4 weeks
- Skill level All levels
- Language English
- Students 0
- Assessments Yes