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We treat the processes that govern the dynamics of glaciers and ice sheets in time and space.

These are important because they are intimately interacting with the climate of the Earth, consitute natural archives for climate variability and are among the primary indicators for climate change. The coupling between climate and glacier dynamics is very complex and embodies both direct and indirect couplings as well as delays. In the course we lay the foundations to understand these complex interactions.

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

  • Course structure

    The course covers processes that control the dynamics of glaciers and ice sheets in time and space. More specifically, the course aims to examine

    • Mass balance of glaciers and ice sheets, and especially their relation to climate
    • Ice mechanical processes and their importance for glacier and ice sheet dynamics
    • Glacial processes, especially in relation to landscape development
    • Ice sheet growth and change over time
    • Glacial hydrology

    Teaching format

    Instruction consists of lectures, seminars and exercises.


    For details see syllabus.


    Peter Jansson

  • 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

    Registration is normally done at the beginning of each semester. 

    Student office
    Kerstin Hörnby

    Study counsellor
    Maria Damberg

    Course responsible
    Peter Jansson