First Potsdam Summer School to focus on Arctic climate change

06/13/2014 - "Arctic in the Anthropocene" – the present geological era which has been dominated by humankind – will be the main focus of the Potsdam Summer School. During the two-week program, 40 selected young international scientists and experts will exchange ideas on a wide range of issues, including the melting of Greenland’s ice sheets and marine biology. In northern regions of the world, the effects of climate change have already become quite apparent. In collaboration with the Alfred Wegner Institute for Polar and Marine Research (AWI), the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ), the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) and the University of Potsdam, the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) will be organizing the event, which will be held from June 23 to July 4, 2014, and is likely to be continued on an annual basis in the future.
First Potsdam Summer School to focus on Arctic climate change
Icebergs will be one of the topics of this year's Potsdam Summer School. Photo: Thinkstock

During the course of the program, acclaimed researchers will give lectures, including the ice experts and physicists Andrey Ganopolski and Maria Martin of PIK. “The first week will bring the participants up to speed on recent research developments regarding the rapid changes within the Arctic region,” says Christine Bounama, scientific coordinator of PIK’s research domain Earth System Analysis. “The participants, aged 25 to 40, will also discuss sustainable strategies for the future of this particularly vulnerable region.” Representatives of institutions, such as the German Armed Forces, and international organizations, including Greenpeace, will also actively engage in these debates. During the second week, participants will have the opportunity to apply their newly acquired knowledge to group projects on specific issues.

A panel discussion entitled "The Arctic in Times of Climate Change – What to Expect? New Sea Routes, Resources and Ecological Consequences” will be held at 6 pm on June 30, 2014, at the University of Potsdam and will be open to Summer School participants and the general public. Speakers will include the renowned polar explorer Peter Lemke, also head of the Alfred Wegener Institute, and Hans-Joachim Kuempel of the Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources. Everyone interested is cordially invited to attend this event.


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