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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.

Planned teaching (methods) for the course, linked to Covid-19 and the Swedish Public Health Agency's recommendations, will be presented at the Department's website on February 28.  

  • Course structure

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


    1. Theory 3.5 credits 
    2. Project, 4 credits

    Teaching format

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

    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.


    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.
  • Contact

    Student office
    Kerstin Hörnby

    Study guidance
    Maria Damberg

    Course responsible
    Arjen Stroeven