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Postgraduate course


  • ECTS credits5
  • Teaching semesterSpring
  • Course codeGEOV325
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageEnglish
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Teaching semester


Objectives and Content

The aim of the course is to give a deeper and more quantitative understanding of glacial processes and the interaction between weather/climate and glaciers. In the course, the interaction between snow, ice and climate, mass balance modelling, temperature in glaciers, glacier hydrology and glacier dynamics are included. The principles for glacier modelling are presented and students create their own glacier model in python. All students summarize one peer-reviewed article in a presentation.

Learning Outcomes

After completing the course GEOV325 the student should be able to:

  • Explain in a quantitative way the interaction between snow, ice and climate
  • Explain the principles for mass balance modelling
  • Explain the temperature conditions and distribution in glaciers and ice sheets
  • Explain how water flows in glaciers (glacier hydrology)
  • Explain the principles for glacier movement and glacier dynamics
  • Explain the main principles for glacier modelling
  • Present selected glaciological topics for fellow students

Required Previous Knowledge

Bachelor's degree in Earth Science, Physical Geography or equivalent, with knowledge of basic principles in quarternary geology

Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap

5 ECTS overlap with AG-325 (UNIS)

Forms of Assessment

Combination assessment: Portfolio assessment (A-F) (60 %), one presentation (pass/fail), and 3-hour written exam (A-F) (40 %).

Examination Support Material

Textbook, computer

Grading Scale

The grading scale used is A to F. Grade A is the highest passing grade in the grading scale, grade F is a fail.


Department of Earth Science, studieveileder@geo.uib.no

Exam information

  • For written exams, please note that the start time may change from 09:00 to 15:00 or vice versa until 14 days prior to the exam.

  • Type of assessment: Written examination

    Withdrawal deadline
    Examination system
    Digital exam
  • Type of assessment: Sammensatt vurderingsform

    Withdrawal deadline
    • Exam part: Written examination

      3 hours
      Examination system
      Digital exam