We treat the processes that govern the dynamics of glaciers and ice sheets in time and space. These are important because they are intimately interacting with the climate of the Earth, consitute natural archives for climate variability and are among the primary indicators for climate change. The coupling between climate and glacier dynamics is very complex and embodies both direct and indirect couplings as well as delays. In the course we lay the foundations to understand these complex interactions.

The course is part (elective course) of the Master's Programme in Polar Landscapes and Quaternary Climate, but can also be read as a separate course.

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Spring term, period B. Study tempo 100%


Competence equivalent to at least 90 ECTS credits in biology-earth sciences, geography, Earth sciences, or equivalent. Also required is knowledge equivalent to Swedish upper secondary school courses Mathematics D and English B/English 6.


Application period for spring term: 15 September until 15 October.

• Applications are made via universityadmissions.se

This also applies to master's students who are going to apply for optional courses within a program.