Swiss Glacier Field Course 2008

As a program of Antarctic Science Curriculum, Graduate School of Environmental Science, Hokkaido University offers a glacier field course in Switzerland. This course provides opportunities to experience field measurements on glaciers in the Swiss Alps, to visit world famous research institutions, and to take lectures by leading scientist from Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH).

In 2008, 8 graduate students left Sapporo on 31 August to participate this field course. The program began in Zurich with lectures by Prof. Martin Funk and Prof. Atsumu Ohmura. After the lectures, we traveled to Jungfrau region to visit Untere Grindelwaldgletscher and High Altitude Research Station at Jungfraujoch. Then, we spent 4 days at Rhonegletscher to conduct various measurements (e.g. GPS survey, climate observation, water pressure measurements, ablation stake installation) on the glacier. The course continued to Valliser Alps to visit Gornergletscher. After coming back to Zurich, participants worked with PC to process field data from Rhonegletscher. The processed data were presented by the students and discussed in detail. The program was completed by the lecture by Prof. Heinz Blatter, "Glacier Dynamics with 5 equations".

This course is approved as a program of International Antarctic Institute (IAI). Students from IAI partner institutions are encouraged to join us.

We thank for the support provided by VAW, ETH-Zurich and International Foundation High Altitude Research Stations Jungfraujoch and Gornergrat.

Visiting Jungfrau region

Field work on Rhonegletscher

Excursion to Gornergletscher