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Investigating the polar regions from the inside out

2019 Glacial Isostatic Adjustment (GIA) Training School

26-30 August 2019 Lantmäteriet, Gävle, Sweden


A training school focused on exploring glacial isostatic adjustment (GIA) modelling will be held from 26-30 August 2019 at Lantmäteriet, Gävle, Sweden. The program will include lectures and practical exercises aimed at investigating the interactions between solid Earth deformation, ice mass change, and associated sea-level and geoid variations. Students will complete homework exercises utilizing freely available modelling software and will have the opportunity to spend one-to-one time with leading researchers in the GIA community while working through examples in class. A field trip to examine records of land uplift and sea level change will be included.


The preliminary list of instructors includes Mike Bentley, Tonie van Dam, Martin Ekman, Erik Ivins, Glenn Milne, Frank Pattyn, Riccardo Riva, Giorgio Spada, Holger Steffen, Rebekka Steffen, Wouter van der Wal, Julia Wellner, Pippa Whitehouse, Doug Wiens, and Terry Wilson.

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Mike Bentley | Tonie van Dam | Martin Ekman | Erik Ivins | Glenn Milne | Frank Pattyn | Riccardo Riva | Giorgio Spada | Holger Steffen | Rebekka Steffen | Wouter van der Wal | Julia Wellner | Pippa Whitehouse | Doug Wiens | Terry Wilson |

Course Content and Pre-School Homework

A preliminary agenda is available HERE

Course work preparation may be found HERE

Who is eligible to enroll?

This course is targeted at individuals who are working on (or will soon start working on) GIA modelling, or topics directly related to GIA modelling. While the course is aimed at graduate students and early career scientists, all interested parties are encouraged to apply regardless of age or experience level. A basic introduction to the fundamentals and applications of GIA modelling will be provided, and no previous modelling experience is required.

How do I apply?

The application window has closed.  Individuals who have submitted an application will be notified by email of their acceptance status.  It is anticipated that email announcements will be distributed by the end of April.

Virtual Participation

Applicants not awarded a physical seat in the school will have the opportunity to participant virtually.  Information about virtual participation will be sent in the enrollment notification email.  Those individuals who did not submit an application but wish to participate virtually may send an email to polenet.school@gmail.com indicating their interest.  Please note that it is not necessary to send an email to polenet.school@gmail.com to participate virtually - information about virtual participation and how to participate will be posted here closer to the start of the school.  However, by sending an email to polenet.school@gmail.com and indicating your interest in advance, you will be sent emails regarding pre-school homework exercises and coursework preparation. 

Financial Support

Financial support for the training school is provided by the National Science Foundation (NSF) through the Antarctica Network (ANET) component of the Polar Earth Observing Network (POLENET) project, the Scientific Community on Antarctic Research (SCAR) through the Solid Earth Responses and influences on Cryospheric Evolution (SERCE) program, the International Association of Cryospheric Sciences (IACS), the European Geosciences Union (EGU), and DTU Space.

There is no registration fee. We have secured sufficient funds to be able to offer at least partial travel and subsistence support for all attendees.

Logistical Information

This information is provided to help you estimate the cost of attending the training school. Please do not book travel or accommodation until you have received confirmation that you have a place in the training school.  Shortlisting will be completed around the end of April.

Transportation from Arlanda airport to Gävle:
The most convenient and recommended way to travel from Arlanda airport to Gävle is by train. 

Train - Long-distance trains by SJ railway stop at the “Arlanda C” underground station directly below the center of Sky City, which is located between Terminals 4 and 5. The train journey takes approximately one hour. The safest way to purchase tickets is before you leave home. You can purchase tickets and view time tables here: www.sj.se/en/home.html#/ You do not need to print the ticket, simply save the PDF on your phone, tablet or laptop, and show it when requested.  Long-distance trains do NOT depart from the same station as Arlanda Express trains to Stockholm City. 

Transportation from Stockholm to Gävle:
Train & coach - Long-distance trains depart several times per day to Gävle. The journey takes approximately 75-90 minutes. Most of the trains also stop at Arlanda airport. There are also long-distance coaches, taking about 2 hours to Gävle. Trains as well as long-distance coaches depart from Stockholm Central Station (“Stockholm C”).

Travel within Gävle:
Pre-booked hotels are a 5 to 10-minute walk from the “Gävle C” (Centralstationen) railway station and a 10 to 15-minute walk away from Lantmäteriet. The address to Lantmäteriet is Lantmäterigatan 2C, see map below.