Quaternary Glacial and Climate History of the Arctic (PhD)

The course will give insight into the development of the Arctic through the Quaternary with emphasis on the interaction between climate and terrestrial environment through glacials and interglacials.

This will be done through literature studies, state-of-the-art lectures and discussions of the Svalbard-Barents Sea, Greenland, Iceland, Arctic Canada, Alaska, Northern Russia and Siberia. The course focuses on terrestrial records although marine and ice core records will also be discussed in order to highlight environmental changes around the Arctic basin and to discuss causes for climatic changes and feedback processes.

The preconditions of correlating different Quaternary records are robust geochronologies, and recent developments in dating techniques like Optically Stimulated Luminescence (OSL), cosmogenic nuclide exposure and radiocarbon dating will be highlighted in case studies. Recent advances in ice-sheet modelling  and studies of palaeo-ice dynamics and landscape development in the Arctic will also be discussed. The concept of distinctive ice dynamics and glacier regimes reflected in landscapes based on landform associations interrelated to cold-based non-erosive glacier ice and fast flowing ice streams will be studied.

Course details

Academic level(s)PhD
Language of instruction
InstitutionUniversity Centre in Svalbard
Begin date-
End date-
Registration deadline15.04.2014
ECTS credits10.0
Field schoolNo
Fields of studyPhysical science (broad programmes)Earth science
Teaching placeSvalbard
Tagsenvironmentgeologyquarternarygeochronologyoptically stimulated luminescence
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