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Polar and Alpine Environments and Climate Change

The course concerns climate, environmental impacts, and physical processes acting in the Polar and Alpine environment.

The course addresses the climate system, glaciology and geomorphology during the Quaternary Period (last 2.6 Ma). You will acquire in-depth knowledge regarding the global climate system and tools to interpret and analyse glacial environments and processes, landforms, and Quaternary climate and environmental evolution. The course include lectures, seminars, practicals, and project works and kicks off with a field course to northern Fennoscandia.

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

Tundrapolygons with permafrost. Photo Peter Kuhry.
Tundrapolygons with permafrost. Photo Peter Kuhry.
  • Course structure


    • Excursion, 4 credits
    • Theory, 11 credits

    Teaching format

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


    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.

  • 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 literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.

  • Course reports

  • Contact

    We are several persons working with study administration and study counselling. Please contact the Student office for questions concerning course information, registration, schedule, literature lists and exams. If you have questions concerning credit transfer, admission, eligibility or need study advice please contact the Study counsellor.

    Course responsible
    Peter Kuhry

    Study counsellor, student office and other contacts