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Study plan - Geohazards and Climate Change

Autumn 2021

Global warming may enhance local extreme weather conditions, which in turn can affect the frequency of natural hazards such as landslides, flooding and wildfires. 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 hazardous events.

Learning outcomes


The students will learn about past, present and future climate change and gain a broad understanding of processes that create natural hazards such as floods, landslides, wildfires and snow avalanches, and how these can affect infrastructure and people.


The students shall be able to identify traces of historical hazardous events, and to conduct basic assessments of the danger and extent of potential hazardous events in the future.

General competence

The programme course provides the students with competence to assess climatic controls and related environmental changes that affect the frequency and intensity of different types of natural hazards.


The program consists of three modules

(1) GE489 Past and present climate OR GE483 Climate change 

(2) GE487 Environmental Hydrology and Runoff Management OR GE448 Snow and Avalanche Science

(3) GE488 Natural Hazards


Please refer to the study manual for detailed information on the different modules.


Target Group: International students


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