- 2012 Joint ICDP-Ecord summer school

The joint ECORD/ICDP/IODP-Canada Summer School on cryosphere dynamics took place from 5–21 July in Montréal, Québec. Nineteen participants gathered fromuniversities in Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Greece, Sweden, the Netherlands, and the UK. The first week consisted of classes and workshops presented by invitedlecturers at GEOTOP (University of Québec in Montréal), focused on reconstructing the cryosphere and climate change in the Cenozoic from different perspectives and timescales, using modeling, geomorphology, palaeomagnetism, and terrestrial and marine core records. During the second week, the summer school travelledto the north shore of the St. Lawrence River for a 5-day field excursion. At Lac Walker, an ancient fjord now the deepest known lake in Québec, participants carried out surveys using CTD profiles, took underwater gravity cores and explored the nearshore surface sediments with a remotely operated submarine. Students also conducted sub-bottom acoustic profiling and high-resolution multibeam bathymetry; and they were guidedthrough numerous outcrops of Quaternary sediments. Upon returning from the field, students participatein interactive exercises and classes on microfossil analysis, sedimentary analysis, seismic interpretation, time series analysis, radiogenic and stable isotope methods. The Canadian summer schooloffered an excellent opportunity for students of diverse nationalities and academic backgrounds to collaborate and learn about the current understanding of cryosphere dynamics and methods used to reconstruct past climate change.