Arctic Infrastructures in a Changing Climate

Due to the fact that the climate is changing with higher expected temperatures, higher precipitation and probably higher storm activity, infrastructures have to be designed for this new climate scenario.

Settlements in the vicinity of steep slopes will be exposed to increasing risk for slope failures, slides in soil and rock, slush and snow avalanches. The course will consist of lectures and field trips, focusing on recognizing terrain exposed to avalanches and slides, and how to plan the location of infrastructures to avoid natural disasters.

Specific topics:

  • Introduction in global warming phenomena

  • Design of infrastructures in a changing climate

  • General information about avalanches: types, release mechanisms, snow stability evaluation methods, avalanche protection

  • Field trip devoted to rock falls and avalanches

  • Field trip devoted to observations of foundation types

  • Design of buildings and roads in snow drift areas


Course details

Academic level(s)Master
Language of instruction
InstitutionUniversity Centre in Svalbard
Begin date-
End date-
Registration deadline15.04.2014
ECTS credits10.0
Field schoolNo
Fields of studyEngineering and engineering trades (others)Environmental protection technology
Teaching placeSvalbard
Tagstechnologyclimate changeengineeringglobal warmingnatural disaster
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