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Four more years for ACDC

Seventy Ph.D. students competed for the 25 places at this year’s Advanced Climate Dynamic Courses (ACDC) Summer School at Dovre. And now, renewed funding means that there will be summer school next year and beyond.



From the opening of ACDC 2012 at viewpoint Snøhætta. Photo: Clemens Spensberger, GFI


The partnership program between Norway and North America has been allocated funds enough to run summer school in the ACDC for four years.
“This is very nice. We have managed to make good name for ourselves, and have highly-qualified candidates competing for places”, says Kerim Nisancioglu, Leader of the ACDC .
“The focus is on educating a new generation of climate researchers. We train people to understand more than just one discipline. With us, students can combine subjects across the traditional disciplines. This is unique and is something that one doesn’t get much of from the university”, says Nisancioglu.
The summer school also combines fieldwork with instruction. For example, Nisancioglu, who has recently been on Snøhetta to set up a number of measuring instruments to collect data for summer school later in August, is considering expanding the summer school to have a field trip earlier in the year, and have summer school half a year later. That way, candidates can try their hand at both the theory and practice.
With the new funding, there are also two new partners: the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and Memorial University of Newfoundland .
Until now, the summer school has been held every other year in Norway and North America. In the future, it is possible that it will be in Svalbard, Iceland and Canada. Next year it will probably be in Svalbard.


At the ongoing ACDC 2012, the researchers invites to an open day at Dovre, Saturday August 25. Read more: