Arctic Late Quaternary Glacial Stratigraphy - Field School

The course takes advantage of relatively easy access from UNIS to most key-stratigraphic sites on western Svalbard. After one-day training in Arctic field safety, the course starts with introductory lectures on Svalbard geology and history of concepts concerning the Late Quaternary Svalbard-Barents Sea ice sheet.

Logging techniques, important Arctic sediment types and lithofacies, as well as chronological challenges in the Arctic, are dealt with in lectures, with reference to recent case studies.

The course extends over 3 weeks including compulsory safety training, and is run in combination with AG-832. Students are required to spend approximately one week of preparations before coming to UNIS, to read key-literature and prepare a seminar presentation.

The initial lectures are followed by seminars, where each student participant gives an oral presentation on a selected subject concerning the glacial and climate history of Svalbard, based on in-depth study of the literature. Field school will be conducted during eight days, where several key stratigraphic sites on Spitsbergen will be studied to give the student participants a better understanding of the Quaternary history of Svalbard and the Barents Sea region. The field work is supervised, and hands-on training and discussions conducted in the field. The focus of the field scool is on interpretation of sedimentary successions and geomorphology in order to reconstruct glacial history, sea level changes and palaeoclimatic variations. As well as re-examining key stratigraphical sites, the students will be given opportunity to participate in collection of novel stratigraphic data, if possible.

The students will present their field results in the form of a scientific report delivered orally and via poster presentation. The data and observations collected during the field work will be used to critically assess the validity of published interpretations of the Svalbard Late Quaternary stratigraphy. The group report will be completed during one-week of supervised time at UNIS, after the field school. The participants are offered individual tutoring, where the supervising professor will discuss individual student’s competence development through the course and give career advice.

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 studyBasic/broad, general programmesPhysical science (broad programmes)Earth science
Teaching placeSvalbard
Tagsfield schoolgeologyquarternaryglaciologystratisgraphy
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