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This 5 ECTS course is part of the Joint Nordic Master in Marine Ecology and Climate (Mareclim) jointly offered by the universities in the Faroe Islands, Bergen, Århus, and Iceland. The Mareclime-program is described here.

Objective
Tórshavn.

The aim of the course is to give the students an overview of the main components of the ecosystems in the region (the Northeast Atlantic, Nordic Seas, and Northwest European Seas) and of the fundamental processes that govern these systems with a focus on the changes that can be expected from a changing climate. This includes physical characteristics, such as temperature, salinity, and currents, and the processes that govern these. It also includes the main biotic components of the ecosystems and the processes that link these to one another and to the physical conditions in the sea and the atmosphere. All trophic levels will be included to the extent that available knowledge and time permit, but special emphasis will be on the commercially important stocks.  

Subject
NMP4-2011 participants together with prof. Corinna Schrum at the entrance to the Department of Natural Sciences at the University of the Faroe Islands.
  • Large-scale features and climate signals: General description of the Northeast Atlantic and Nordic Seas. NAO, AO, GSA, Subpolar gyre changes, Regime shifts etc of the northern North Atlantic and Nordic Seas. Nutrient and Carbon chemistry of the region. Paleoceanography of the region. 
  • The Northeast Atlantic domain: The flow of Atlantic Water into the Nordic Seas, water mass distribution etc. The ecosystems in the area, Calanus Finmarchicus, Pelagic species (Norwegian spring spawning herring, Mackerel, Blue whiting), case studies (e.g., Faroe Shelf).  
  • The Subarctic domain: The influence of Atlantic and Polar Water on the western Nordic Seas, Irminger Sea, and West Greenland area, water mass distribution etc. The ecosystem in the area, Zooplankton, Pelagic species (Capelin), Cod, case studies (e.g. Iceland/ Greenland cod).
  • Large shelf areas: The Barents Sea, Ice edge processes, Polar ecology (Capelin, Cod), The North Sea including Skagerak, Kattegat, and Baltic Sea.
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Teaching, Evaluation, and Material

 The total course duration is 10 days with 8 full days of lectures, associated exercises, and assignments. The course is graded as pass/fail. The students are required to give two oral presentations and a written report.The material is mainly excerpts from books and scientific papers.

Lectureres

Dr. Eilif Gaard, marine biologist, director at the Faroese Marine Research Institute and adjungated associate professor at the University in the Faroe Islands.

Dr. Høgne H. Debes, marine biologist, researcher at the Faroese Marine Research Institute and adjungated associate professor at the University in the Faroe Islands.

Dr. Hjálmar Hátún, physical oceanographer, researcher at the Faroese Marine Research Institute and adjungated associate professor in oceanography at the university in the Faroe Islands.

Dr. Petur Steingrund, marine biologist,  researcher at the Faroese Marine Research Institute and adjungated associate professor in marine biology at the university in the Faroe Islands.

Dr. Karin M. H. Larsen, physical oceanographer, researcher at the Faroese Marine Research Institute and adjungated associate professor in oceanography at the university in the Faroe Islands.

Dr. Knud Simonsen, physical oceanographer, associate professor at the University of the Faroe Islands and  local coordinator of the course.

Dr Eydna í Homrun, marine biologist, researcher at the Faroese Marine Research Institute.

Bergur Olsen, Ornithologist, researcher at the Faroese Marine Research Institute.

Bjarni Mikkelsen, whale biologist, researcher at the Faroese Museum of Natural History.

Dr. Corinna Schrum, physical oceanographer, professor at the Geopysical Institute at the University in Bergen.

Dr. Steingrímur Jónsson, physical oceanographer, professor at the University of Akureyri and scientist at the Marine Research Institute in Iceland.

 

 

Ecology of the Northeast Atlantic and Northwest European Seas with an emphasis on potential impacts of Climate Change.

Next Course

Place: Torshavn, Faroe islands.

Time: 25th August to 5th September, 2014.

Start: The 25th of August, at 08:30.

Venu: Department of Natural Science/Faroe Marine Research Institute , Nóatún 3, Tórshavn.

Map: click here

Program
  • Monday (25.08.2014): Arrival
  • Tuesday-Friday: Lectures and group work
  • Saturday-Sunday: Open for Excursion
  • Monday-Friday: Lectures and group work
  • Friday afternoon (05.09.2014): Departure

Detailed program in 2013, - see here

Who can join the course

This course is part of the Mareclim education, and for the these students the course is mandatory.

Other interested students are welcomed, provided they can meet the prerequisites, which are a Bachelor Degree in Marine Biology, Oceanography or equivalent. The application form (Available in  *.pdf, *.odt, *.doc formats) must be submitted no later than the 31'th of July, 2014. The maximum number of participants is 14 (first come, first served).

Non-Mareclim-students, who have joined this course in earlier years, have got it accepted as part of their MSc or PhD-degree at their home universities.

Further information: horaldurj(at)setur.fo

Financials

The teaching is free, but the participants are responsible for the travel and living costs.

Travel Scholarships to the Faroe Islands are available on the University budget for 2014. Application deadline is 1 April 2014. Read more...

Transport and Accommondation

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