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The 2023 ECORD Summer School: From Green­hou­se to Ice­hou­se – The Ce­no­zoic Arc­tic Oce­an and (glo­bal) Cli­ma­te His­to­ry, takes place from 4-15 September 2023 at the at the MARUM – Cen­ter for Ma­ri­ne En­vi­ron­men­tal Sci­en­ces and the IODP Bre­men Core Re­po­si­to­ry,  Uni­ver­si­ty of Bre­men, Ger­ma­ny.

Australian and New Zealand IODP Consortium (ANZIC) will cover the travel cost, accommodation, food and course participation fee for one accepted Australian participant from ANZIC member institutions. You will need to obtain travel insurance from your home institutions. 

The aim

The primary goal is to connect early career researchers (PhD stu­dents and Post­docs) with IODP at an ear­ly sta­ge of their ca­re­er, inform them about the ex­cit­ing re­se­arch wi­t­hin IODP, and pre­pa­re them for future participation in IODP expeditions. Such trai­ning will be achie­ved by ta­king the sum­mer school par­ti­ci­pants on a ‘shipboard simulation’ whe­re they are fa­mi­li­a­ri­sed with a wide spec­trum of sta­te-of-the-art ana­ly­ti­cal tech­no­lo­gies and core de­scrip­ti­on and scan­ning me­thods ac­cor­ding to the high stan­dards of IODP ex­pe­di­ti­ons. In ad­di­ti­on, the the­ma­tic to­pic of the sum­mer school will be re­view­ed by va­rious sci­en­ti­fic lec­tu­res by the lea­ding ex­perts in the field.


The topic

The Arc­tic Oce­an – cha­rac­te­ri­sed by strong sea­so­nal for­cing and va­ria­bi­li­ty in ru­n­off, sea-ice for­ma­ti­on, sun­light, and re­la­ted bio­lo­gi­cal pro­duc­tivi­ty – is (in real time) and was (over his­to­ric and geo­lo­gic time sca­les) sub­ject to ra­pid and dra­ma­tic chan­ge. Due to com­plex feed­back pro­ces­ses collec­tive­ly known as ‘po­lar am­pli­fi­ca­ti­on’, the Arc­tic is both a cont­ri­bu­tor of cli­ma­te chan­ge and a re­gi­on that will be most af­fec­ted by glo­bal war­ming. 

Geo­lo­gi­cal re­cor­ds from the Arc­tic Oce­an do­cu­ment past cli­ma­tic con­di­ti­ons, ra­tes of chan­ge, and va­ria­bi­li­ty pri­or to an­thro­po­ge­nic in­flu­ence that might re­pre­sent ana­lo­gues of our fu­ture cli­ma­te. Such re­cor­ds may al­low us to as­sess the sen­si­ti­vi­ty of the Ear­t­h’s cli­ma­te sys­tem to chan­ges of dif­fe­rent for­cing pa­ra­me­ters and boun­da­ry con­di­ti­ons and to test the re­lia­bi­li­ty of cli­ma­te mo­dels by eva­lua­ting their si­mu­la­ti­ons for con­di­ti­ons very dif­fe­rent from the mo­dern cli­ma­te. In this con­text, un­der­stan­ding the long-term Arc­tic cli­ma­te his­to­ry with its chan­ge from Green­hou­se to Ice­hou­se con­di­ti­ons du­ring the Ce­no­zoic (last 66 mil­li­on ye­ars) – they focus of this sum­mer school, is of over­all si­gni­fi­can­ce.



The Summer School is open to applicants from all career stages and geoscience backgrounds. However, the course is tailored for individuals who:

  • are early in their career (PhD or post-doctorate studies) and would like to introduce and make use of more physical properties data in their research and/or;
  • would like to get more involved in IODP in some capacity, either through accessing and using data or sailing on an IODP research expedition.

For more information, visit the Summer School webpage or download the flyer.