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Land surface processes and landscape dynamics


Course contents

This course will provide you with in-depth and applied knowledge of Earth's landscapes. You will learn about the processes by which landscapes evolve and change in different climate and space scales. The course focuses on:

  • the Earth's surface landforms
  • the Earths's origin and development
  • human impact on the landscape dynamics and lasting changes

You will mainly study Nordic conditions, but tropical and subtropical environments are also treated.

Specific elements involved in the course are:

  • landscape and landscape forms
  • land formation processes and their links to climate and anthropogenic factors
  • the role of geomorphological processes in landscape dynamics
  • natural resource planning
  • land management
  • land degradation and landscape changes in a local, regional and global perspective


The course consists of lectures, practicals , field exercises , seminars, group work and project work.

Note that the course includes a longer field trip to a country outside Europe. The last couple of years joint fieldwork has been carried out in Uganda and Rwanda, together with local students.


  • Mc’Knights Physical Geography - A landscape appreciation, av D. Hess, Morgan, R., P., C.: (2005). Soil Erosion and Conservation, 3rdedition. Blackwell Publ. Ltd. Oxford. UK. ISBN 978-1-4051-1781-4
  • Sveriges geologi från urtid till nutid, av M. Lindström m.fl.
  • Vattnets väg från regn till bäck, av H. Grip och A. Rodhe
  • Sveriges Nationalatlas: Atlas över Skåne, av T. Germundsson och P. Schlyter
  • Sveriges Nationalatlas: Västra Götaland, av B. Frizell och M. Werner
  • Reports and papers distributed during the course



Course coordinator

Course facts: NGEA09

Level: Basic
Credits: 15 ECTS
Period: Spring, period 1
Language of instruction: English
Prerequisites: General admission requirements and 120 ECTS scientific studies including:

  • NGEA01(Introduction to the global environment)
  • NGEA07 (Theory and methods of physical geography)
  • NGEA04 (Ecosystem analysis)
  • NGEA21 (The Climate system)
  • NGEA11 (Geographic information systems)
  • NGEA03 (Remote sensing for landscape

or the equivalent.

Course curriculum

For current students