Advanced Climate Dynamics Courses


The lecturers have prepared some recommended literature for each lecture. (Updates will follow)

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Camilla Snowman Andresen

Lecture 1: Introduction to marine sediment core studies from Greenland

Lecture 2: Case studies from Sermilik fjord in SE Greenland

Recommended literature:

Andresen, C. S., Straneo, F., Ribergaard, M. H., Bjørk, A. A., Andersen, T.J., Kuijpers, A., Nørgaard-Pedersen, N., Kjær, K. H., Schjøth, F., Weckström, K. and Ahlstrøm, A. P. 2012a: Rapid response of Helheim Glacier in Greenland to climate variability over the past century. Nature Geoscience 5,37-41, doi:10.1038/ngeo1349.

Andresen, C. S., Schmidt, S., Seidenkrantz, M.-S., Straneo, F., Grycel, Hass, C.  A., Kjær, K. H., Nørgaard-Pedersen, N., Dyke, L. M., Olsen, J. M. and Kuijpers. 2014. A 100-year record of changes in water renewal rate in Sermilik Fjord and its influence on calving of Helheim Glacier, Southeast Greenland. Continental Shelf Research,  DOI: 10.1016/j.csr.2014.05.017


Helene Seroussi

Lecture 1: Ice sheet modeling - a primer

Lecture 2: Modeling the Greenland ice sheet

Recommended literature:

Greve, R., Application of a polythermal three-dimensional ice sheet model to the Greenland Ice Sheet: Response to steady-state and transient climate scenarios, J. Clim., 1997, 10, 901-918 

Nick, F. M.; Vieli, A.; Andersen, M. L.; Joughin, I.; Payne, A.; Edwards, T. L.; Pattyn, F. & van de Wal, R. S. W., Future sea-level rise from Greenland's main outlet glaciers in a warming climate, Nature, 2013, 497, 235-238

Gillet-Chaulet, F.; Gagliardini, O.; Seddik, H.; Nodet, M.; Durand, G.; Ritz, C.; Zwinger, T.; Greve, R. & Vaughan, D., Greenland Ice Sheet contribution to sea-level rise from a new-generation ice-sheet model, The Cryosphere, 2012, 6, 1561-1576


Richard Hindmarsh

Lecture 1: Introduction to ice sheet physics

Lecture 2: History of the Greenland ice sheet from internal radar layers

Recommended literature:

Alley, R. B., Andrews, J. T., Brigham-Grette, J., Clarke, G. K. C., Cuffey, K. M., Fitzpatrick, J. J., et al. (2010). History of the Greenland Ice Sheet: paleoclimatic insights. Quaternary Science Reviews, 29(15-16), 1728–1756. doi:10.1016/j.quascirev.2010.02.007

Gillet-Chaulet, F., R. C. A. Hindmarsh, H. F. J. Corr, E. C. King, and A. Jenkins (2011), "In-situ quantification of ice rheology and direct measurement of the Raymond Effect at Summit, Greenland using a phase-sensitive radar", Geophys. Res. Lett., 38, L24503, doi:10.1029/2011GL049843

Sime, L. C., Karlsson, N. B., Paden, J. D., & Prasad Gogineni, S. (2014). Isochronous information in a Greenland ice sheet radio echo sounding data set. Geophysical Research Letters, 41(5), 1593–1599. doi:10.1002/2013GL057928


Fiamma Straneo

Lecture 1: Ice/ocean exchanges at the margins of marine terminating glaciers

Lecture 2: The physics of glacier-fjord interactions in Greenland

Recommended literature:

Jenkins A. 1999. The impact of melting ice on ocean waters. J. Phys. Oceanogr. 29:2370–81

Sciascia R, Straneo F, Cenedese C, Heimbach P. 2013. Seasonal variability of submarine melt rate and circulation in an East Greenland fjord. J. Geophys. Res. 118:2492–506

Bamber J, van den Broeke M, Ettema J, Lenaerts J, Rignot E. 2012. Recent large increases in freshwater fluxes from Greenland into the North Atlantic. Geophys. Res. Lett. 39:L19501

Straneo F, Heimbach P. 2013. North Atlantic warming and the retreat of Greenland’s outlet glaciers. Nature 504:36–43

Straneo F, Curry RG, Sutherland DA, Hamilton GS, Cenedese C, et al. 2011. Impact of fjord dynamics and glacial runoff on the circulation near Helheim Glacier. Nat. Geosci. 4:322–27 

Jackson RH, Straneo F, Sutherland DA. 2014. Externally forced fluctuations in ocean temperature at Greenland glaciers in non-summer months. Nat. Geosci. 7:503–8


Andreas Vieli

Lecture 1: Introduction to glaciology - from ice sheets to glaciers

Lecture 2: Marine ice sheet instability

Recommended literature:

Joughin I. (2012) Ice-Sheet Response to Oceanic Forcing. Science, 338, 1172-116, DOI:10.1126/science.1226481.

Vieli A. and F. Nick (2011). Understanding and modelling rapid dynamic changes of tidewater outlet glaciers: issues and implications. Surv. in Geophys.. 32 (4-5), 437-458 doi: 10.1007/s10712-011-9132-4.

Joughin I. and R. Alley (2011) Stability of the West Antarctic ice sheet in a warming world. Nature Geoscience, 4, 507-513, DOI: 10.1038/NGEO1194.

Benn D.I., C.R. Warren and R.H. Mottram (2007) Calving processes and the dynamics of calving glaciers, Earth Science Reviews, 82, 143-179.

Carr, J.R., C.R. Stokes and A. Vieli (2013). Recent progress in understanding marine-terminating Arctic outlet glacier response to climatic and oceanic forcing: Twenty years of rapid change. Progress in Physical Geography, 37, 436-467, doi:10.1177/0309133313483163


Tore Furevik

Lecture: Introduction to large-scale North Atlantic/subpolar gyre circulation


David Battisti

Lecture 1: Atmospheric circulation and Greenland

Lecture 2: Arctic sea ice and atmospheric circulation

Recommended literature:

Hakuba, M. Z., D. Folini, M. Wild, and C. Schär (2012), Impact of Greenland’s topographic height on precipitation and snow accumulation in idealized simulations, J. Geophys. Res., 117, D09107, doi:10.1029/2011JD017052.

Moore, G.W.K., R.S. Pickart, I.A. Renfrew and K. Våge, 2014: What causes the location of the air-sea turbulent heat maximum over the Labrador Sea. Geophys. Res. Letts., 41, 3628–3635,10.1002/2014GL059940


Øyvind Paasche

Lecture: Introduction to glacial morphology and the field trip

Recommended literature:

Weidick, A. and O. Bennike (2007). Quaternary glaciation history and glaciology of Jakobshavn Isbræ and the Disko Bugt region, West Greenland: a review. Geological survey of Denmark and Greenland bulletin 14

Kelley, S. E., J. P. Briner and N. E. Young (2013). Rapid ice retreat in Disko Bugt supported by 10Be dating of last recession of the western Greenland Ice Sheet. Quaternary Science Rev. 82, 13-22, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.quascirev.2013.09.018


Jake Gebbie

Lecture: The paleo ocean: Observational evidence and concepts


Gerard Roe

Lecture 1: Atmosphere-ice interaction

Lecture 2: Ice sheet variability - weather or climate


Patrick Heimbach

Lecture: Ice sheets and sea level - some geodynamical effects

Recommended literature: 

Stammer, D., Cazenave, A., Ponte, R. M., & Tamisiea, M. E. (2013). Causes for Contemporary Regional Sea Level Changes. Annual Review of Marine Science, 5(1), 21–46. doi:10.1146/annurev-marine-121211-172406

Tamisiea, M. E., & Mitrovica, J. X. (2011). The moving boundaries of sea level change: Understanding the origins of geographic variability. Oceanography, 24(2), 24–39.

Kopp, R. E., Mitrovica, J. X., Griffies, S. M., Yin, J., Hay, C. C., & Stouffer, R. J. (2010). The impact of Greenland melt on local sea levels: a partially coupled analysis of dynamic and static equilibrium effects in idealized water-hosing experiments. Climatic Change, 103(3-4), 619–625. doi:10.1007/s10584-010-9935-1


Kerim Nisancioglu

Lecture: Paleoclimate modeling

Recommended literature:

Otto-Bliesner, B. L.; Marshall, S. J.; Overpeck, J. T.; Miller, G. H. & Hu, A. X., Simulating arctic climate warmth and icefield retreat in the last interglaciation, Science, 2006, 311, 1751-1753. http://www.sciencemag.org/content/311/5768/1751.short

Lunt, D. J.; Foster, G. L.; Haywood, A. M. & Stone, E. J., Late Pliocene Greenland glaciation controlled by a decline in atmospheric CO2 levels, Nature, 2008, 454, 1102-U41. http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v454/n7208/full/nature07223.html

Born, A. and Nisancioglu, K. H.: Melting of Northern Greenland during the last interglaciation, The Cryosphere, 6, 1239-1250, doi:10.5194/tc-6-1239-2012, 2012. http://www.the-cryosphere.net/6/1239/2012/tc-6-1239-2012.html