Kaisa_2012_3_photo by Veikko Somerpuro

3.2.2020 at 10:00 - 24.2.2020 at 23:55


Register latest by 21st of Feb. We select and announce course participants by 6th of March. Course first meeting in April in Viikki (place and exact date to be announced later).


Predominantly for Environmental Change master course students

Bachelor degree in environmental or related sciences

ECGS-031 Arctic climate change

After the course the student:

- has a deeper understanding of Arctic ecosystems and their structure and functioning
- has the ability to analyse and identify climate change impacts on Arctic natural and human systems
- can plan and conduct a small-scale field study on some aspect of Arctic environmental change
- can analyse and interpret field-based data and present key findings of a research exercise
- learns to work in small groups
- can apply achieved information on various topics of environmental management and conservation

The field part of the course will be arranged at the Kilpisjärvi field station between 13-19 of August 2020, and data analyses in Viikki in 24-28 of August.

Key aspects of natural behaviour of Arctic terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems and local culture and climate impacts on those entities.

Book exam prior to the course

Small-scale field research including presentation/written report

  • CAFF 2013. Arctic Biodiversity Assessment (selected parts)
  • AMAP 2012. Arctic Climate Issues 2011: Changes in Arctic Snow, Water, Ice and Permafrost (selected parts)

Rating 0-5 based on book exam (30 %), group-based field research (50 %) and written report (20 %)

This course is taught by several teachers with expertise in various Arctic ecosystems: Tarmo Virtanen, Sanna Piilo, Jan Weckström, Kaarina Weckström.

Tarmo Virtanen, Kaarina Weckström

Part of the Arctic studies -module.

Replaces the former course 51992 Syventävien opintojen kenttäkurssi Kilpisjärvellä 5 cr.