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24th Karthaus Summer School: Ice sheets and glaciers in the climate system

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24th Karthaus Summer School: Ice sheets and glaciers in the climate system

The fountain in the Karthaus town square

Announcement of the next Karthaus course on
22 -31 May 2024
Karthaus, Italy

The Karthaus Summer School is course sponsored by:

  • The Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research, Utrecht University
  • The Netherlands Earth System Science Centre
  • The International Glaciological Society (IGS)
  • Dutch Polar Climate and Cryosphere Change Consortium (NWO-NPP)
  • State and fate of Antarctica’s gatekeepers: a HIgh Resolution approach for Ice ShElf instability (HiRISE) (NWO-ENW)
  • VAW Glaciology, ETH Zurich

Scope and Participation

The course is intended for students at Ph.D.-level and provides an introduction to the dynamics of glaciers and ice sheets with a focus on ice-climate interactions.
Topics include: continuum mechanics, ice rheology, basal processes, numerical modelling, polar meteorology, ice-ocean interaction, ice cores, interaction of ice sheets with the solid earth, glaciers in the climate system, remote sensing, etc.
The course is a mix of lectures, exercises and group projects. There will be an excursion to a nearby glacier field.

The standard registration fee is € 900. This covers lodging, full board, excursion and course material. Please note that participants will share rooms.

The International Glaciological Society offers three fellowships to cover the registration fee for students who have difficulties paying the fee. This only applies to students who are not from “high-income” countries (see the IGS website for information on this definition).

If you are qualified for applying to Karthaus but have circumstances that might make it difficult for you to attend (disabilities, care responsibilities etc.) please reach out to the organising committee. We would be happy to discuss if your needs can be accommodated.

Karthaus students making use of the good weather to work on their exercises

Lecturers include
Bentley,  S. Buzzard, N. Gomez, I. Hewitt, N. B. Karlsson, B. Keisling, J. Oerlemans, F. Pattyn, E. Pettit, R. Reese, L. S. Sørensen, C. Tijm-Reijmer.

Apply for the course here:

The form also includes information on IGS support.
Deadline for applications is 10 January 2024.

Prior detailed knowledge/background in glaciology is not a prerequisite but preference will be given to students with stronger math/numerical background. If there are more applicants than places, the organising committee will take into account candidates’ previous training, the potential for the course to benefit their current studies, and the diversity and geographical distribution of the cohort.

You will be notified about the decision of the organizing Committee by 1 March 2024

For more information contact C. Tijm-Reijmer (

Or check the course website.

Karthaus course website

Additional costs
Students should be aware that any additional costs incurred due to for example, travel restrictions, quarantine requirements or last minute cancellations of the course, will not be covered by the Karthaus course. We advise students to check with their home institutions how such costs may be covered.

Dr. C.H. Tijm-Reijmer | Associate Professor | Faculty of Science | Utrecht University | Buys Ballot building, room 6.63 | Princetonplein 5 | 3584 CC  Utrecht | | | present on Tue. pm, Wed., Thu. pm, Fri.

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