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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.


    Peter Kuhry

  • 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

    Registration is normally done at the beginning of each semester. 

    Student office
    Kerstin Hörnby

    Study counsellor
    Maria Damberg

    Course responsible
    Peter Kuhry