Seasonal Arctic summer ice extent still hard to forecast.

A new study lead by Prof Julienne Stroeve says year-to-year forecasts of the Arctic’s summer ice extent are not yet reliable.

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There is a strong emphasis on field training in all earth science degree programmes. The field provides a natural laboratory where students can learn, apply and develop skills such as rock identification, fabric recognition, map-making, and the geometrical solving of complex three-dimensional structures, which complement and build upon lectures and laboratory-based coursework, and expose students to the true complexity of natural systems.

Fieldwork is a compulsory component of each degree programme and all fieldwork is assessed.   Field classes are structured so that there are specific exercises that must be completed to a high standard and handed in for assessment. These exercises may be undertaken as part of a team, so that as well as developing skills as an earth scientist, students should also be able to develop the personal transferable skills needed to organise, delegate and participate in teamwork activities. Many students find fieldwork one of the most enjoyable parts of their undergraduate career. It is essential to have suitable clothing and equipment, and to strictly observe standard codes of practice with respect to safety, behaviour and land access.

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