Physical Geography: An Introduction to the Global Environment
By taking this course, you will increase your understanding and general knowledge about processes in the lithosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere and the atmosphere. You'll learn about minerals and rock types that build our planet. You will learn about landforms geomorphology and how these are shaped by:
- processes inside the crust of the earth endogenic processes and
- processes acting on the surface exogenic processes and how these affect and are affected by biological processes and human interaction
Moreover, you will study basic meteorology, climatology and climate change, hydrology and oceanography. This will enable a holistic understanding for mechanisms acting on what is generally referred to as Global Change.
Ecosystems Science will teach you about the biomes of the world. A biome is a contiguous area with similar climatic conditions. You will learn about the relationship between biomes and specific processes active in different biomes, such as soil forming processes.
You will also be introduced to methods used to gather data and information about our environment, such as remote sensing (the use of aerial and satellite photographs) to make maps and Geographical Information Systems (GIS) to analyse environmental issues. You will be acquainted with different models and analytical tools for describing processes and phenomena in the world around us.
Many of our students take this course as the introduction to the BSc programme in Physical Geography and Ecosystems Analysis, a program which qualifies you to apply for no less than five different Master's programmes at our department. However, this course is also an excellent complement for students having other fields as their main subject, for example Biology, Ecology and Environmental Science. It can also be taken outside of any programme.
Teaching on the course consists of lectures, practical exercises, field trips, seminars, groups and individual project work. The exam is a traditional written exam.
Credits: 15 ECTS
Period: Autumn, period 1
Language of instruction: English
Prerequisites: General admission requirements, and either: Mathematics B, Phsyics A, Chemistry A, Biology A or Science B; or; the equivalent of 30 ECTS of any subject.