UArtic summer school PhD course; Environmental monitoring in the Arctic

In 12-22 September 2022 there will be held a 5 credits UArctic summer school about; Environmental monitoring in the Arctic. It is a PhD course but motivated MSc students can also apply. The course is given by University of Aarhus, with field work and most of the teaching at University of Oulu (Uleåborg), Finland.

Picture of an Arctic landscape and title: Environmental monitoring in the Arctic, with a particular focus on greenhouse gas flux studies

Invitation to apply for the UArtic summer school course:

Environmental monitoring in the Arctic, with a particular focus on greenhouse gas flux studies (BEFLUX)


Course parameters in short:

  • ECTS credits: 5
  • Language: English
  • Level of course:  PhD level, but MSc students as well as other participants from indigenous groups or local organizations working on the topic are welcome to apply.
  • Time of year: 12-22 September 2022.
  • No. of contact hours/hours in total incl. preparation, assignment(s) or the like: 75/125
  • Capacity limits: 15 participants

About the course

The course consists of lectures and of hands-on training including analyzing existing observational data as well as obtaining own data from the field.  The course will focus on a wide climatic gradient from the southernmost part of the Arctic, Oulanka, Finland, to the high Arctic Zackenberg, Greenland. We will use an existing database consisting of more than 2000 ecosystem variables that have been monitored continuously for the last 25 years in Greenland. These data provide the basis for student projects looking at cause-effect relationships between climate dynamics and ecosystem responses with an emphasis on terrestrial greenhouse gas exchanges. The database also serves as background for hands-on training on validating ecosystem models and remote sensing imagery.

The fieldwork will take place at Oulanka where practical measurements will follow the exact same methodologies as those used in Greenland. In addition, the course attendants will be exposed to see and test new techniques and instruments, such as drone based measurements and state-of-the-art automatic chambers methods. The practical fieldwork and collection of own data in Oulanka will be complemented with the comparison of these own data with other multiple years of C cycle observations and models from the boreal to tundra climatic gradient. This exercise provides the opportunity to study the complexities involved in measuring and analyzing data on ecosystem responses to different and changing climate regimes.

The course is organized in a collaboration between University of Oulu, Finland (Uleåborg), and the universities of Aarhus, Oslo, Copenhagen and Helsinki, and the Greenland Institute of Natural Resources. Lecturers include:

Students accepted to take the course will obtain a predefined travel allowance and the accommodation at Oulanka, Kuusamo, Finland covered by UArctic.

Application deadline is 15 April 2022.

If you have any questions, please contact Torben Røjle Christensen, e-mail:

More information and how to apply

Find necessary information on the course site at Aarhus University.


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Published Mar. 31, 2022 9:34 AM - Last modified Mar. 31, 2022 9:34 AM