Final Report

Nearly 30 graduate students from over 25 universities and a dozen countries as far as Nepal, India, Peru and New Zealand gathered in the small Alaskan village of McCarthy to participate in UAF’s fifth 11-day International Summer School in Glaciology. Steep ice-covered mountains provided the perfect setting to equip early stage PhD students with tools to address the expanding challenges in quantifying and modeling rapid changes in glaciers and ice sheets occurring in response to a warming climate, and to foster collaboration among students as well as established scientists in the field of glaciology. The eight instructors from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and three other US universities/institutions stayed for the entire period, offering plenty of opportunity for interaction between the instructors and students during and outside the formal instruction period.

Overall, the course was well received by the participants. The students left not only with a stronger background in glaciology, but also with a network of professional contacts from around the world. All course material is openly available here.



  • Glaciology lectures, exercises and computer projects, and an outdoor poster session where the students presented their own research.
  • Excursions to nearby glaciers, which provided hands-on experience of a glacial environment.
  • A number of evening activities including a public lecture that attracted a good number of both locals and tourists.


Date and Location: 

5 - 15 June 2018 | McCarthy (Alaska), USA


IASC Working Group / Committees funding the Project:


Project Lead

Regine Hock


Year funded by IASC



Project Status





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