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.

Statement on Code of Conduct

To provide a safe learning environment for participants, Utrecht University staff that is involved in the organisation of and teaching at the Karthaus Summer School on Glaciers in the Climate System adheres to the Codes of Conduct of the university (Link). We implicitly expect all teachers and students at the Karthaus Summer School to do the same.

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 will write a Code of Conduct that is more specific to the Karthaus Summer School, and we will actively bring it under the attention of teachers and students at future editions of the Karthaus Summer School.
We will also install an external, independent Advisory Board, with a confidential counselor as member, that will advise on these matters.

Updates will be posted 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 2021 course will be sponsored by:


Upcoming course

With great regret we inform you that the Karthaus course planned for September 2021 had to be cancelled. Unfortunately, the covid situation does not improve as fast as we hoped.

We sincerely hope that the next Karthaus course will be held in 2022. New dates will be announced in autumn.


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Course Information

Information about course content, location, program and admission.

How to apply

Applications must be send to the convenor, before 1 June 2021. Check here what the application entails.

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.