GlobalArctic MOOC
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The GlobalArctic MOOC introduces you the dynamics between global changes and changes in the Arctic.

  • Level: Intermediate
  • Commitment: 4 weeks of study, 4-5 hours/week
  • Language: English
  • How To Pass: Pass all graded assignments to complete the course.

Taught by:  Matthias Finger, Professor EPFL, ITPP, MIR, IGLUS Lab

The GlobalArctic project will respond to urgent political and scientific needs to gain a better understanding of the globalized Arctic with rapid regional and world-wide changes.


September 26, 2018

Breakout Session at the 2018 Arctic Circle Assembly

The GlobalArctic will hold a session at the 6th Arctic Circle Assembly in Reykjavik, Iceland.   The session entitled “Curriculum Development for the GlobalArctic” is scheduled on Saturday October 20th, 2018 (21:00-22:30). This panel will discuss further development of the GlobalArctic project with four speakers:   Matthias Finger, Professor, EPFL: How to Explain the Relationship between Earth System Dynamics and Arctic Changes? Daria Gritsenko, Assistant Professor, University of Helsinki: Large Infrastructure Development in the Arctic: Governance, Planning and Sustainability Florian Vidal, PhD Candidate, Paris Descartes University: The Global Arctic: Discussions and Thoughts about Interdisciplinary Research and Teaching in the Anthropocene […]

The Arctic region is a unique and important part of the Earth system

it is now experiencing some of the most rapid environmental, social, economic and geopolitical changes, resulting from combined long-range pollution, climate change and globalization. Consequently, the Arctic region has now become part and parcel of systemic global economic, technological, cultural and environmental change. Simultaneously, what happens in the Arctic region has significant implications on the global economy, world politics and, most importantly, the Earth system. Given these changes, it is crucial that the Arctic peoples and nations, the Arctic countries and the world at large gain a greater understanding of processes taking place in the region. This observation has led us to propose that the GlobalArctic be considered “a interdisciplinary laboratory of the Anthropocene”, in which no less than the future of industrial civilization is probably being played out before our eyes.