As a part of Antarctic
Science Curriculum offered by Hokkaido University, the 7th Swiss
Glacier Field Course was organized from 2 to 15 September
2012. Students from Graduate School of Environmental Science and other
schools in Hokkaido University took active roles in the field
activities and class works in Switzerland. A student from Tokyo
University joined us in the program as well.
The course started in Zurich with lectures by Dr. Andreas Bauder and Prof. Heinz Blatter from Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH). We learned Swiss glaciers, glacier researches in Switerland and basics of glacier science before we vist glaciers in the Alps in the Bernese Alps. The first field program was an excursion to Unter Grindelwaldgletscher, which was followed by visit to Aletschgletscher and High Altitude Research Station at Jungfraujoch. The highlight of the course was a four-day field program in Rhonegletsher, where we carried out field measurements on and off the glacier under wonderful weather conditions. Then, we travelled further south to Gornergletscher, before we come back to Zurich for data processing and ohral presentation programs. The couse was successfully completed by a lecture offered by Atsumu Ohmura, Professor Emeritus, ETH.
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 funding provided by Hokkaido University, MEXT GCOE program, and JASSO scholarship, and for generous support by VAW, ETH-Zurich and International Foundation High Altitude Research Stations Jungfraujoch and Gornergrat.
Data processing and presentation