The Quaternary Glacial and Climate History of the Arctic

The students will study Quaternary glacial and palaeoclimatic variability in Svalbard and the Arctic, the formation of glacial and interglacial sedimentary sequences in glacial, glacifluvial and lacustrine environments, postglacial relative sea level and isostatic land uplift. Introduction to Quaternary methods, geochronology and palaeoclimatic proxies will be given.

The course will give insight into the Svalbard Quaternary geological evolution of the landscape, with its ice caps and outlet glaciers, fjords, valleys, mountains and marine terraces, through repeated glacial and interglacial cycles.

Field work is an important part of the course, during which students will study some key locations in Spitsbergen and receive training in sedimentological, stratigraphical and geomorphological field techniques. Field work will be conducted in groups, whereas students will take responsibility for specific research projects. Data collected in the field will form the basis of the project to be completed during the term. Students will report on their findings both orally and through a written report.

60 ECTS within general natural science, of which 30 ECTS within the field of geology/geosciences.

Course details

Academic level(s)Master
Language of instructionEnglish
InstitutionUniversity Centre in Svalbard
Begin date-
End date-
Registration deadline15.04.2014
ECTS credits10.0
Field schoolNo
Fields of studyEarth sciencePhysical science (others)
Teaching placeSvalbard
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