Single-Course English 5 ECTS

Extreme Climate and Physical Nature

Overall Course Objectives

The course will give the students an introduction to the most important climate and nature conditions of the Arctic. We will focus on, e.g. climate changes, snow physics, and hydropower.

Learning Objectives

  • explain and quantify the Arctic climate
  • explain and discuss key issues associated with climate change
  • classify typical Arctic physical environments
  • quantify snow and ice conditions
  • explain ocean currents and deep water formation in relation to climate change
  • understand and and quantify water resources and the hydrological cycle in the Arctic
  • quantify sustainable energy potentials
  • understand physical nature conditions for doing engineering in the Arctic
  • disseminate scientific topics.

Course Content

Core elements:
– Climate and nature
– The cryosphere
– Arctic hydrology

Climate and climate change
Snow and ice conditions
Hydrology and water resources
The Arctic nature
General oceanography
Renewable energy

Practical exercises will follow the theory to demonstrate the conditions.

Teaching Method

Lectures, Guest lectures, Group work and fieldwork.



The course takes place in Sisimiut, Greenland.

The course will typically be part of the Arctic Semester in Greenland.
The course can be taken as a stand-alone course under Open University.

The course could be taken by Bachelor students in their last semester, e.g. in combination with their Bachelor project.

Limited number of seats

Minimum: 5.

Please be aware that this course will only be held if the required minimum number of participants is met. You will be informed 8 days before the start of the course, whether the course will be held.

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13 weeks




DTU Sisimiut Campus

Course code 30857
Course type Candidate

7.500,00 DKK

Please note that this course has participants limitation. Read more