Karthaus summerschool

Summerschool on Ice Sheets and Glaciers in the Climate System

The course provides a basic introduction to the dynamics of glaciers and ice sheets with a focus on ice-climate interactions. Topics include: continuum mechanics, sliding and hydraulics, numerical modelling, polar meteorology, ice-ocean interaction, ice cores, interaction of ice sheets with the solid earth, etc. The course is meant for Ph.D. students that work on a glaciology-related climate project. Some places are available for junior scientists. The course corresponds to 3 EC credit points.

Statement on Code of Conduct

To provide a safe learning environment for participants, students and staff involved in the organisation of, teaching at, and participating in the Karthaus Summer School on Glaciers in the Climate System adhere to the Karthaus Code of Conduct (Link).

It has recently been brought to our attention that in some previous editions of the summer school inappropriate behaviour might have occurred, which we deeply regret and strongly condemn.
To avoid this from happening in the future, we have writen the Karthaus Code of Conduct and Feedback and complaints procedures, which are actively brought under the attention of teachers and students at future editions of the Karthaus Summer School.
In addition, an external independent Advisory Board, is installed, that advises on these matters.
These documents and the composition of the advisory board can be found on this website.

On behalf of the organising committee,
Dr. Carleen Tijm-Reijmer


We are very grateful to all people, institutes and organizations who provided (financial) support through the years.

The 2023 course will be sponsored by:


Upcoming course

The next Karthaus course will be held from 24 May to 2 June 2023 in Karthaus (northern Italy).


2023 Course information

Organising committee
  • Dr. Carleen Tijm-Reijmer, Utrecht University, the Netherlands
  • Dr. Ian Hewitt, University of Oxford, UK
  • Dr. Nanna Bjørnhold Karlsson, Geological Survey Denmark and Greenland, Denmark
  • Dr. Willem Jan van de Berg, Utrecht University, the Netherlands
Advisory Board
  • Prof. Dr. Angelika Humbert, Alfred Wegener Institute, Germany
  • Prof. Dr. Kerim Hestnes Nisancioglu, University of Bergen, Norway
  • Student member (still to be appointed)
Tasks Advisory Board
  • Advising co-directors on cases of misconduct and possible updates to the Code Of Conduct (COC) to ensure a safe environment for all participants.
  • Advising co-directors on effective reporting mechanisms as well as on sanctions for those who break the COC.
  • Advising co-directors on recruiting a diverse, equitable and inclusive pool of instructors and students to the Karthaus summer school.
  • Advising co-directors on how to best develop and maintain a climate of inclusion and equity at the Karthaus summer School.
  • Advising co-directors on actions needed to address annual anonymous feedback from students and any other forms of feedback received.
Code of Conduct

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Course Information

Information about course content, location, program and admission.

Previous courses

Since the first course in 1995, more than 500 students have participated in the Karthaus courses. On this page links to each individual course can be found.

Karthaus book

In 2021 the book Glaciers and Ice Sheets in the Climate System was published by Springer publishers. Edited by A. Fowler and F. Ng, the book is based on the lectures of the karthaus summer school and written by the course lecturers. Follow the link to go to the Springer website.