Program ACDC2013

Nyksund, Versterålen, 19-30th of August, 2013


Dynamics of the Last Deglaciation


As in previous years, our focus is to bring together students and lecturers from different backgrounds related to climate science, creating a truly interdisciplinary learning experience for all participants.

The focus this year will be on the understanding the basic principles and dynamics of the last deglaciation as observed in paleoclimate archives (marine, terrestrial and ice cores).

Topics to be included are:

  • atmospheric dynamics and impact of changing ice topography
  • ocean dynamics and impact of melting ice sheets
  • models of the deglaciation and importance of radiative forcing
  • paleoceanography and proxies of deglacial ocean climate and circulation
  • terrestrial paleoclimate and archives of deglacial climate change
  • ice cores and proxies of deglacial climate

A detailed program with reading list and abstract of all lectures will be provided to all participants.



David Battisi, University of Washington/University of Bergen

Ray Bradley, University of Massachusetts at Amherst

Jerry McManus, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University

Axel Timmermann, University of Hawaii 

Lev Tarasov, Memorial University, Canada

Kerim H. Nisancioglu, University of Bergen

Patrick Heimbach, Massachusets Institute of Technology

Jostein Bakke, University of Bergen

Øyvind Paasche, University of Bergen/Bergen Marine Research Cluster

Alan Condron, University of Massachusetts at Amherst

Jake Gebbie, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Julie Brigham-Grette, University of Massachusetts at Amherst




Sunday 18th of August arrival to Evenes airport, where a bus will be waiting to take us to the fishing village of Nyksund.


On Monday evening there will be a social event/ice breaker.



Monday 19th - 24th of August: Fundamental lectures on key topics (2 core lecures per day followed by ample time for discussions/questions).

During the weekend we will have at least one full day field trip.

  Monday 19th Tuesday 20th Wednesday 21st Thursday 22nd Friday 23rd Saturday 24th
Morning core core field core core core
Afternoon core core field core core free

Daily schedule for first week:

07:30-08:30 Breakfast
09:00-10:00 Student summaries
10:00-12:00 Core lecture 1
12:00-15:00 Lunch and hiking
15:00-17:00 Core lecture 2
17:00-18:00 Student presentations
18:30-19:30 Dinner



26th of August - 31st of August: Advanced lectures on specialized topics (2 topical lectures per day followed by ample time for discussions/questions).

  Sunday 25th Monday 26th Tuesday 27th Wednesday 28th Thursday 29th Friday 30th
Morning field topical topical topical topical discussion
Afternoon field topical topical field topical summary

Daily schedule for second week:

07:30-08:30 Breakfast
09:00-10:00 Student summaries
10:00-10:30 Coffee
10:30-12:00 Topical lecture 1
12:00-15:00 Lunch and hiking
15:00-16:30 Topical lecture 2
16:30-17:00 Coffee
17:00-18:30 Topical lecture 3
18:30-19:30 Dinner


Each day will start with summaries of the previous days lectures prepared by groups of students. This ensures that the main topics are understood and give the opportunity to pick up on any unanswered questions/topics.

In the first week we will also have time slots for short presentations by each student, where you can show a few slides describing your PhD work or current research topic.

Part of the time during the last two days of the summer school will be used to prepare a written summary/discussion of the main findings/conclusions of the summer school. This will later be submitted to an appropriate journal.

You can find all the daily summaries and the final submitted paper from previous summer schools on this www site.


Saturday 31st of August

4-7 2013