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Course content

This course focuses on geomorphic processes associated with water (fluvial processes), glaciers (glacial processes) and processes in environments with permanent or seasonally frozen ground (periglacial processes). The action and importance of such geomorphic processes for the evolution of landscapes in polar and alpine regions will be emphasized, based upon examples from modern cold-climate environments.

Learning outcome

Through the course you will gain understanding about:

  • How different processes shape the landscape, create different landforms and how climate changes may alter the processes
  • Processes related to how water erode, transport and deposite material
  • How glaciers are formed and how the mass balance is effected by climate changes
  • Glacier dynamics and glacier hydrology
  • Slope processes, soil creep and avalanches
  • Permafrost, how it is formed and affected by the climate
  • The importance of frost processes in geomorphology with weathering, erosion and mass transport


Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.

This course will admit maximum 20 students.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

In addition to fulfilling the Higher Education Entrance Qualification, applicants have to meet the following special admission requirements:

  • Mathematics R1 (or Mathematics S1 and S2) + R2

And in addition one of these:

  • Physics (1+2)
  • Chemistry (1+2)
  • Biology (1+2)
  • Information technology (1+2)
  • Geosciences (1+2)
  • Technology and theories of research (1+2)

The special admission requirements may also be covered by equivalent studies from Norwegian upper secondary school or by other equivalent studies (in Norwegian).

The following courses must be taken before the first lecture in GEG2110:

For students taking GEG2110 spring 2015 or later, to have GEG2110 included in your degree you must first pass the following HSE courses:

For further information se website for transitional arrangements between old and new HSE courses.

Recommended previous knowledge

GEO1010 – Physical geography (discontinued), GEO1020 – Geological processes and materials (discontinued), GEO1030 – Winds, currents and climate (discontinued)

Overlapping courses


Lectures/seminars/practicals: 4 hours per week. In addition 4-8 days compulsory field excursion.

Attendance at the first lecture is compulsory. Students who fail to meet, are considered to have withdrawn from the course unless they have previously given notice to the Studies administration, email address:

To attend the course it is required that the following courses must be taken before the first lecture:

You will need to provide documentation that you have passed HMS0504 when you attend the first lecture.

General information about excursions at the Dept. of Geosciences.

As the teaching involves laboratory and/or field work, you should consider taking out a separate travel and personal risk insurance. Read about your insurance cover as a student.


Report from field course and excursion with individual oral examintion, counts ca 30%. Final written exam (3 hours), counts ca 70%.

General information about examinations at the faculty can be found at /english/studies/admin/examinations/index.html

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

Students who can document a valid reason for absence from the regular examination are offered a postponed examination at the beginning of the next semester.

Re-scheduled examinations are not offered to students who withdraw during, or did not pass the original examination.

Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Exam attempts for this course are counted together with exam attempts in GEO2210 – Geomorphology. The combined upper limit is three attempts.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

This course was periodic evaluated in autumn 2012 (pdf, in Norwegian).

Facts about this course






Every spring

This course continue as GEO2210 spring 2019.


Every spring

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