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Theory and Methods of Physical Geography


Course contents

This course gives you an introduction to the basic physics, matematics and statistical methods used within physical geography.

After the course you will have an improved insight and understanding of basic mathematical and statistical methods of physical processes in the biosphere, the atmosphere and the hydrosphere, as well as their mathematical formulation. You will be able to formulate simple mathematical models for analysing dynamic systems, as well as for collecting data of different physical, chemical and biological processes.


Besides lectures you will exercise with computer based analysis- and presentation tools, information collection with both oral and written presentations. You will work individually as well as in groups.


Rogerson PA. 2010. Statistical Methods for Geography, 3rd ed. ISBN 978-1-84860-002-7

Kompendium Naturgeografisk teori och metodik (Swedish), available on course website.

Course coordinator

Course facts: NGEA07

Level: Basic
Credits: 15 ECTS
Period: Autumn, period 2
Language of instruction: English
Prerequisites: General admission requirements, and 15 credits scientific studies including NGEA01, (Physical geography, introduction to the global environment), or the
equivalent, as well as secondary school courses corresponding to the Swedish “gymnasium” Matematik D, Fysik A, Kemi A and Biologi A.

Course syllabus