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GEO6604 Geochemical Techniques

The course provides a theoretical background for the use of geochemical techniques in the analysis of aquatic systems and experience of the practical application of these techniques.


By the end of the course students are able to:

  1. Understand some of the main techniques employed in geochemical analysis

  2. Design and implement field sampling methods that use these techniques

  3. Design and implement laboratory-based protocols for the implementation of analyses

  4. Carry out laboratory analyses in at least one area covered in the course

  5. Present the results of analyses in research paper form 

 In this course you will learn how the High Arctic environment responses to continued increase in air temperature and precipitation. You will learn about glacier mass balance, thermal regime and glacier hydrology. Following the water cycle, we will show you how glacier recession influences freshwater runoff as well as sediment and solute transfer into marine environments. You will be shown the effects of warming climate onto ground thermal regime. In AG-340 we offer you knowledge and understanding of the environmental changes in the Arctic. We believe in learning through experience (and exploration) therefore, you will be engaged in multiple field-trips and fieldwork. You will also have the responsibility for designing and executing research under a watchful eye of experts in their fields.

Upon completing the course, the students will have knowledge of:

  • The current mass balance status of Arctic glaciers and ice caps in Svalbard.

  • The thermal conditions that distinguish Arctic glaciers from their lower latitude counterparts and greatly influence process dynamics.

  • The dynamics of glaciological, hydrological and biogeochemical processes that operate during the Arctic summer.

  • The interactions between physical, chemical and biological processes within glaciers.

 The students will have competence in:

  • organisational skills for effective and successful recording of field observations

  • design and implementation of research tasks as part of a team

  • safe implementation of outdoor research in a sometimes-extreme environment.

GEO6613 Polar and Alpine Change 
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