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Geomorphology and glaciology research focus on Earth surface processes and their effects on landforms, landscapes, environment, and society in a wide range of settings - from the north and south polar regions to the subtropical climate zones.

The methods include data collection and observations in the field, remote sensing and GIS techniques, dating of glacial and other sediments, and numerical modelling. Study areas are located in all glaciated regions in the world, including Antarctica, the Arctic, North America, Northern Europe and Eurasia, and the central Asian highlands; but also in non-glacial regions such as the Mediterranean and East Africa.

Research in geomorphology and glaciology increases our understanding of climate, environmental and landscape changes today and in the future.

Tarfala Research Station

At Tarfala research station, environmental monitoring of glaciers, meteorology, hydrology, snow chemistry and permafrost is carried out. The station also serves as a base for field teaching in Arctic and alpine environments.

Related research subject

Physical Geography
Field work in Arctic, Salajiegna calving glacier front. Photo Eva Gylfe.
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Nina Kirchner


Department of Physical Geography

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Courses and programmes

Doctoral studies

If you want to study for a PhD in Physcial Geography you are welcome to apply for doctoral studies at the Department of Physical Geography. 

PhD studies in Physical Geography

Departments and centres

The research in geomorphology and glaciology is focused within the research group for Geomorphology and Glaciology at the Department of Physical Geography, but we also collaborated with other universities, research centre and the society.

Department of Physical Geography The Bolin Centre for Climate Beyond EPICA oldest ice Swedish Polar Research Secretariat SITES University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS) World Glacier Monitoring Service