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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, together with students from Makerere University, Kampala.




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:

or the equivalent.

Course curriculum

For current students