Environmental Engineering in the Arctic

After completing the course students will have the necessary knowledge and skills to be able to suggest, analyze and evaluate environmental engineering solutions in Arctic communities.

Core elements:

  • Wastewater treatment in small societies in cold climate
  • Surface water treatment for drinking water in cold climate
  • Waste handling in small societies in cold climate
  • Remediation of contaminated sites in cold climate


  • Characteristics of wastewater and waste: Environmental and societal impacts in the Arctic
  • Water and wastewater treatment methods for cold climate including screening, sedimentation, filtration, disinfection, passive wastewater ponds, constructed wetlands, septic tanks. Handling of grey and black water in unsewered communities, separation and composting toilets, freeze-thaw treatment, aerobic and anaerobic treatment of blackwater. Small systems for cluster homes and very small communities
  • Sludge and organic waste handling incl. aerobic and anaerobic treatment, incineration, thermal gasification, pyrolysis and their sutability in Arctic communities.
  • Sorting, reuse, incineration and deposition of waste in Arctic communities.
  • Contaminated sites in Arctic communities: remediation needs and remediation methods.


The course takes place in Sisimiut, Greenland.
The course will normal be part of the Arctic Semester package together with 11857, 11858 and 11853 or 11854.
The course can be taken as stand-alone under Open University for professionals working in Greenland.
The course may be taken together with 11857 and 11858 by Bachelor students in their last semester e.g. in combination with their Bachelor project.

Course details

Academic level(s)Master
Language of instructionEnglish
InstitutionArctic DTU
Begin date-
End date-
Registration deadline-
ECTS credits5.0
Field schoolNo
Fields of studyEngineering and engineering trades (others)Building and civil engineering
Teaching placeSisimiut, Greenland
Teaching termSpring
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