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Permafrost - Interactions with Ecosystems and Hydrology

  • 7.5 credits

Permafrost and periglacial processes - interactions with ecosystems, hydrology and the global carbon cycle in a changing climate.

A quarter of the land surface in the Northern hemisphere is underlain by permafrost, and soils sin the permafrost region store large amounts of organic carbon. During this course you will learn about how permafrost is impacted by climate change. The course focuses on how ecosystems, hydrology and the global carbon cycle might change under future warmer conditions, and discusses feedback mechanisms originating from thawing permafrost. You will also learn how permafrost is represented in modeling, with a special emphasis on permafrost hydrology, and about the field.

The course is part (elective course) of the Master's Programme in Polar Landscapes and Quaternary Climate and the Master's Programme in Hydrology, Hydrogeology and Water Resources, but can also be read as a separate course.

Tundra polygons with permafrost in northern Alaska are affected by climate change. Photo Britta Sann
Tundra polygons with permafrost in northern Alaska are affected by climate change. Photo Britta Sannel.
  • Course structure

    Teaching format

    Instruction consists of lectures, seminars and exercises.

    Assessment

    For details see syllabus.

    Examiner

    Britta Sannel

  • Schedule

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.
  • Meet us

    Meet our teachers

    Course responsible Britta Sannel

    Meet our researchers

    We investigate natural processes and anthropogenic effects and their variability and change in water, land and permafrost environments.

    Hydrology, hydrogeology and permafrost

  • Contact

    Registration is normally done at the beginning of each semester. 

    Student office
    Kerstin Hörnby
    E-mail: kerstin.hornby@natgeo.su.se

    Study counsellor
    Maria Damberg
    E-mail: maria.damberg@natgeo.su.se

    Course responsible
    Britta Sannel
    E-mailt: britta.sannel@natgeo.su.se