ACDC Summer school in Yosemite National Park
For two intense weeks,students and lecturers from around the world gathered in the small town of Yosemite National Park to discuss climate science as part of the ACDC summer school
ACDC Summer school in Yosemite National Park, CA, USA (22. Sept.-4. October)
Lecture in the field (Glacier Point) by Peter Huybers fra Harvard University
The first week started with core lectures given by experts in their field. The topics of the lectures covered different aspects of the climate system, from ice to ocean, from land and vegetation to atmosphere, and from proxies to observations and future model projections. Inspired by the environment around us we also learned about challenges regarding wildfire risk and management, drought and water shortages and temperature extremes in the California region.
However, at ACDC the lectures are not like ordinary lectures, here you can stop and ask questions whenever you want! This leads to many great and informative discussions along the way. Each morning started with a summary of yesterday’s lectures by a group of students leading a discussion on the key challenges raised in the lecture the day before.
Most of the group in the field
The second week was mostly dedicated to work with our group projects on different Anthropocene related topics, which we presented to each other on the last day. The first results were promising, and perhaps some of the groups will continue the work and write up the results in a paper! Even though the second week was busy with work, we took advantage of our surroundings in Yosemite and had one of the lectures outside at Glacier Point, no slides needed!
As ACDC has come to an end, we look back at an amazing, once-in-a-lifetime experience, where we got to know many brilliant scientists as colleagues but also as friends. If you haven't had the opportunity to attend ACDC summer school yet, we encourage you to apply next year!
Sunniva Rutledal and Karita Kajanto
(First published in Bjerknes Times Oct 25 2019, no 17, week 43)