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Nordic ESERO - Climate research in polar landscapes - Svalbard


Short introduction


Climate change can lead to changes in sea ice, glacier size, permafrost, ocean currents and temperature distribution.

Actual indications of climate change can be monitored using satellites. Knowledge of geological structures provides indications of the history of climate change through millions of years in the polar regions.

Themes for the course are: changes in arctic weather and climate, permafrost, ocean currents and sea ice, glaciers, landscape landforms and landscapes. Different software will be used in the course. Course participants must therefore have their own PC with Windows, where you must be able to install software before, during and after the field collection.

About the course

  • Targeting: Nordic teachers, teaching natural science or geography at lower and upper secondary school.
  • Credits: 10 ECTS
  • Starting up: 4th April, 2018
  • Course period: 4th April - 15th November, 2018
  • Field trip: Five days in Longyearbyen, Svalbard, 16th - 20th August, 2018. Each day, consists of preparation, field tasks and post work between 08:00 - 20:00. 
  • Arrival: 15th August
  • Departure: 20th August
  • Application deadline: 15th February, 2018
  • Teaching language: English
  • Exam: Deadline home exam: 15th November, 2018, 14:00
  • Cost: NOK 2500 due to high lodging costs at Svalbard. Food and other costs are covered by the Nordic ESERO. Please note that semester fee to the Nord universitet must be covered by the individual course participant (approximately NOK 850)
  • Admission requirements (one of the following): 
  • Teacher Education (for example, elementary school teacher, public teacher or course with PPU)
  • A Minimum of bachelor including dental science fair (30 sp) and a minimum of 3 years work experience as a teacher in science.


  • Nordic ESERO manager Jøran Grande (NAROM)
  • Lector in geography Peter Mikael Bom Hansen (Læreruddannelsen Blaagaard, Professionshøjskolen UCC, Danmark)
  • Associate professor Arne N. Fjalstad (Nord universitet)
  • Astrophysicist Jose Miguel Gonzalez Perez (NAROM)
  • Climate researcher Ketil Isaksen (Meteorologisk Institutt)
  • Glaciologist Monica Sund (Norges vassdrags- og energidirektorat)


To apply for the course you need to register in the University's system, click here. Choose the right course and then create a profile. If you have been a student at the North University earlier, then you can use an existing user profile.

Also, remember that you must provide a copy of a diploma from college or University with grades from Norwegian or Nordic education confirming that you are eligible to study at Nord universitet. Applicants without teaching education must submit evidence that they fill the requirement of a minimum of 3 years of work experience in addition to diplomas from the University or college. Note! The Swedish lärerlegitimationen is not accepted as documentation for admission to higher education in Norway. The documentation must be sent preferably in electronically to or send by postal mail to:

Nord universitet
Postboks 1490
8049 BODØ

Note! Send the email or envelope marked with: "Climate research in polar landscapes"

Here you can see photos from previous Nordic courses and ESERO activities. Read about the course at EduGalaxen.

For more informaiton, please contact us. 


The event is done in cooperation with ESA.

Key Info

  • Target group: Lærere
  • Location: Longyearbyen
  • First day of the event: 16.08, 2018
  • Last day of the event: 20.08, 2018