Arctic Glaciers and Melt Season Dynamics

Glacier mass balance and climate in Svalbard; Glacier hydrology; Runoff, sediment and solute transfer by glacial melt water; Arctic glacier/permafrost thermal regimes; Ice dynamics, including calving processes and surging; Biogeochemical processes and glacier ecology. 

The course extends over 5 weeks including compulsory safety training.

The effective learning of Arctic Glaciers and Melt Season Dynamics, is achieved through:

  • Day trips on Foxfonna, a local mountain ice cap: mass balance, surface energy balance, dye tracing, ground penetrating radar and proglacial water quality/quantity monitoring.

  • A field camp: including glacier hydrology and geomorphology; ground penetrating radar; glacier boundary layer processes; glacier ecology and biogeochemistry.
    Please note: this element involves a remote field camp and so the duration and activities can vary due to shifting weather conditions.

  • Seminars and laboratory classes, run to support the field work. Students are expected to collect and archive a quality-controlled, communal data resource to support all field reports. Guidance is therefore given for radar data processing, geomorphological mapping, laboratory techniques and melt modelling, among others.

  • A boat excursion: tidewater glacier dynamics.

  • A comprehensive written field report based on the knowledge and data retrieved through the course, to be electronically submitted two weeks after the examination and usually after leaving Svalbard

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 studyPhysical science (broad programmes)Earth science
Teaching placeSvalbard
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