Analysis of the landscape enables us to reconstruct past environments and processes; with a particular focus on glaciated and formerly glaciated landscapes. We also conduct research on contemporary processes in glaciers and ice sheets, as well as on applied geomorphology in tropical regions.

Our methods include data collection and observations in the field, remote sensing and GIS techniques, dating of glacial and other sediments, and numerical modelling. Today, we conduct research in all glaciated regions in the world, including Antarctica, the Arctic, North America, Northern Europe and Eurasia, and the central Asian highlands; but also in non-glacial regions such as the Mediterranean and East Africa.

An important component of our research facilities is the Tarfala Research Station in northern Sweden, where our department runs an extensive glacier monitoring programme and has a well-equipped base for field education in arctic-alpine environments.