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 

The course provides the knowledge of glacier mass balance and climate in Svalbard; Glacier hydrology; Runoff, sediment and solute transfer by glacial meltwater; Arctic glacier/permafrost thermal regimes; Ice dynamics, including calving processes and surging; Biogeochemical processes and glacier ecology.

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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.

GEO6613 Polar and Alpine Change 
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