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Management of cold environments

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Course ID: 1900-MCE-OG Erasmus code / ISCED: 07.9 / (0539) Physical sciences, not elsewhere classified
Course title: Management of cold environments Name in Polish: Management of cold environments
Department: Faculty of Geography and Regional Studies
Course groups: Courses in foreign languages
General university courses
General university courses and those outside UW
General university courses at Faculty of Geography and Regional Studies
General university courses in the social sciences
ECTS credit allocation (and other scores): 3.00 OR 6.00 (depends on study program)
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Language: English
Type of course:

general courses


(in Polish) w sali

Short description: (in Polish)

The lecture content includes information about permafrost occurrence, structure and functioning; thermokarst processes; engineering problems and solutions used in permafrost regions; industrial expansion circum-polar regions; functioning of glaciers and glacial hazards (glacial surges, avalanches, outbursts); polar bases and scientific programmes; indigenous people of the Arctic, pollution of the Arctic.

The lecture refers to knowledge in fields of: spatial managing, glaciology, geomorphology, geoecology, hydrology, climatology, ethnography and building engineering.

Full description: (in Polish)

Following issues will be addressed during the lecture:

- Permafrost: distribution and types, methods of determining its thickness, thermal profiles, active layer, frost heave and thaw settlement, thermokarst processes; 3h

- Engineering solutions used in construction of houses, roads, rail-roads, air strips, pipelines on permafrost – examples from Siberia, Tibet, Alaska, Canada, Spitsbergen; 4h

- Industrial expansion in circum-polar regions; 1h

- Mountain glaciers and ice-caps: distribution, changing mass balance, history of glaciations, contemporary rate of deglaciation, glaciological threats: surges, ice avalanches, glacier outbursts (jökulhlaups); 6h

- High-mountain infrastructure (touristic, communication, industry); 2h

- Arctic Ocean sea-ice: rate of ice melting, territorial disputes over access to mineral deposits, industrial expansion in the Arctic – chances and threats; 4h

- Contemporary polar bases and scientific programmes – examples from Spitsbergen, Greenland and the Antarctic; 4h

- Indigenous people of the Arctic, ethnic groups, life in the north, political organisations, struggle for land ownership; 2 h

- Pollution of the polar areas – reasons and effects; 4h

Bibliography: (in Polish)

- Washburn, A.L. 1973. Periglacial processes and environments. Arnold. Londyn.

- Benn, D.I., Evans, D.J.A. 1998. Glaciers and Glaciation. Arnold, Londyn.

- Terence, A., Rogers, G., Rowley, G. 1978. The Circumpolar North. London, Great Britain: Methuen & Co Ltd.

- Geografia Powszechna, t. 1-5. Arktyka, Ameryka, Australia i Oceania, Ocean Światowy Red. tomu Alfred Jahn. 1967

- Polar Press Clips, National Science Foundation





Learning outcomes: (in Polish)

The outcomes of the subjects includes:


- permafrost: distribution and types, its structure and thermal pattern, thermokarst processes

- selected examples of infrastructure on in permafrost regions

- engineering problems (and mitigations) rising from freeze-thaw processes in the ground

- mountain glaciers structure and functioning

- glacial hazards (surges, ice avalanches, glacier outbursts)

- examples of high-mountain infrastructure (touristic, communication, industry)

- Arctic Ocean sea-ice issues (rate of ice melting, territorial disputes)

- examples of contemporary polar bases and scientific programmes

- settlement history and ethnography of the Arctic

- elementary knowledge of pollution issues


- locate permafrost regions on the map and assess permafrost thickness and character

- forecast permafrost reaction to climate warming

- foresee hazards to infrastructure resulting from freeze-thaw processes and assess methods of mitigation of construction failures

- foresee mountain glacial hazards

- find information about circum-polar regions


- to acknowledge specific conditions of managing cold regions (circum-polar and high-mountain)

- to acknowledge importance of climate warming for geographical environments of cold regions

Assessment methods and assessment criteria: (in Polish)

Written marked assessment in a form of an essay on one of the issues referred to during the lecture – 50%

Presence control – 50% (maximum absences: 5).

Classes in period "Winter semester 2017/18" (past)

Time span: 2017-10-01 - 2018-01-26
Choosen plan division:

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Type of class: Lecture, 30 hours, 60 places more information
Coordinators: Maciej Dąbski
Group instructors: Maciej Dąbski
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Examination: Grading
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