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This course deals with glacial landforms and how these forms are used for ice sheet reconstructions. You will learn about: (i) formation processes, (ii) field mapping, air photo-/remote sensing interpretation and mapping of glacial landforms and (iii) geographical analysis of glacial landforms and landform based palaeoglaciological reconstructions.

The course is part of Master's Programme in Polar Landscapes and Quaternary Climate but can also be read as a separate course.

  • Course structure


    1. Theory 3.5 credits 
    2. Project, 4 credits

    Teaching format

    Instruction consists of lectures, seminars, exercises and field trips.

    The course include teaching in the field, which entail additional cost for the student.

    Learning outcomes

    After the course, you are expected to:

    • explain the formation of glacial landforms and how they can be used for paleoglaciological reconstructions
    • identify glacial landforms in remote sensing applications and in the field
    • explain the foundations of paleoglaciology
    • classify landform systems and perform a geographical analysis of landforms
    • perform and present a paleoglaciological reconstruction
    • explain the dynamics of ice sheets


    For details see syllabus.

    Plagiarism and regulations for disciplinary matters

    As a student you must be conscientious about clearly accounting for the material used in the texts that are submitted for examination. To use another person’s expressions or ideas without stating the source is plagiarism. To translate and/or change some words in someone else’s text and present it as your own is also a form of plagiarism. Plagiarism is considered cheating and if discovered in an exam or paper, the exam or paper will be failed immediately and disciplinary measures may be taken.

    Any student who is caught cheating or disrupting academic activities may be suspended from lectures and exams for a period of up to six months. The Vice Chancellor or the Disciplinary Council decide whether the student is to be subject to any disciplinary measures. 

    Read more about the rules and regulations here: Governing documents relating to education.


    Arjen Stroeven

  • 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.
  • Course reports

  • Contact

    Student office
    Kerstin Hörnby

    Study guidance
    Maria Damberg

    Course responsible
    Arjen Stroeven