Physical Geography

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The group studies exogenous processes that have shaped and shape the landscape. With main focus in Norway, the group deals with glaciers, geohazards (floods, wind, storm surges, avalanches), sea level, hydrology, groundwater, frost features, caves and landscape development linked to past and present climate and environmental changes. The group applies a number of techniques, including equipment for coring of lakes, access to analysis of sediments, as well as a GIS and remote sensing laboratory. Our work is highly relevant for public security and planning related to settlement, transport, water supply, and climate and energy transformation.

The group teaches at all levels from bachelor to master and PhD, including several field courses.

Master projects
Flatøy på Island

Master projects in Physical Geography

Potential master projects in Physical Geography

Tapado Glacier

Research stay in Chile

La Serena is a city approximately the same size as Bergen, but since the city has only a few days of rain each year, the city relies on the melting of snow and ice in the summer to provide water resources. This means that the region is especially vulnerable to changes in future climate.

Master's thesis
Ole-Gunnar Turøy Skjolddal

Study of glacial lake outburst floods in Bhutan

My project is about remote sensing of glacial lake outburst floods (GLOFs) in the Bhutanese Himalaya range between the 1990s to present day.


Research stay at the University of Zurich

The University of Zurich is known as one of Europe’s leading universities for conducting researching within physical geography, especially related to glaciology of High Mountain Asia. I’ve been lucky enough to live the last three months in Zurich and work together with some of the researchers here.

Master Project
Field area

Holocene glacier and climate variability at Sulitjelmaisen, northern Norway and Sweden

For my master project I reconstructed the last 11,500 years worth of glacier and climate changes at a glacier complex called Sulitjelmaisen in the subarctic, focusing on the largest glacier called Salajekna.