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Study plan - Geohazards and Climate Change

Spring 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

During this course, you will: 

  • learn about past, present and future climate change.
  • gain a broad understanding of processes that create natural hazards such as floods, landslides and wildfires, 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 OR
  • get insight into the physical processes that lead to the formation of snow in the atmosphere, the metamorphism of snow and the dynamics of snow avalanches.


The program consists of three modules

(1) 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.