A station monitoring snow avalanche at a snow-covered mountain.

Geohazards and Climate Change

Semester programme

Global warming can enhance local extreme weather conditions, which in turn can affect the frequency of geohazards such as landslides, avalanches and flooding. This course provides you with a broad understanding of the interaction between atmospheric and Earth's surface processes that control the occurrence of potentially catastrophic geohazardous events.


How to apply

Admission and how to apply

Admission requirements

At least 60 ECTS credits, i.e. 1 year of academic study at the time when the 'Geohazards and Climate Change' programme starts. Credits should have been gained within one of the fields of life sciences/ecology, earth sciences/geography, environmental sciences, or similar. Alternatively, participation in the HVL 'From Mountain to Fjord' programme would qualify for admission to the 'Geohazards and Climate Change' programme.

Teaching semester: Spring

First lecture: Tuesday, January 16th 2024

During this course, you will: 

  • learn about basic meteorological processes and their interplay during past, present and future climate change.
  • gain a broad understanding of processes that create tsunamis, earthquakes, floods, landslides and avalanches, and how these can affect infrastructure and people.
  • achieve knowledge about hydrological systems in urban and rural areas including measures, strategies and plans for run-off management.

The location of the campus offers a great opportunity to visit nearby sites, where you can directly study a broad range of active geohazardous processes, and investigate the results of past geohazard events (including tsunamis, instable bedrock slopes, landslides, avalanches and floods).

The course consists of the following modules:

Study methods

The teaching combines lectures, assignments and excursions. In addition, a research project will be conducted throughout the whole semester.

The language of instruction is English.