Module Identifier GG23710  
Academic Year 2006/2007  
Co-ordinator Professor Michael J Hambrey  
Semester Semester 2  
Course delivery Lecture   16 Hours. 8 x 2 hours  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Assessment Continuous Assessment: Essay of 4000 words plus figures and references from a choice of six or more topics.100%
Supplementary Assessment Essay of 4000 words from a choice of six or more topics.100%

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module, students should be able to demonstrate:-



The following are the key lecture themes. Materials to support key themes and the additional themes referred to above are covered in Blackboard.

  1. Introduction: information sources; Svalbard: portrait of an Arctic island.
  2. Geological evolution of the Arctic
  3. Antarctica and global change: an earth science perspective
  4. Unravelling Antarctica's glacial history
  5. Exploration of Antarctica
  6. Human environmental impact and management on Antarctica
  7. Science and the British Antarctic Survey; Earth Science research strategy and the International Polar Year
  8. Human environmental impact on the Arctic

Transferable skills

Transferable skills include use of bibliographic databases, use of Internet to examine work of polar organisations, scientific synthesis of technical information, presentation of a written report to professional standards.

Reading Lists

** General Text
Armstrong, T., Rogers, G. & Rowley, G. (1978) The Circumpolar North Methuen & Co., London 0416169309
Dowdeswell, J.A. & Hambrey, M.J. (Nov. 2002) Islands of the Arctic Cambridge University Press
Hanson, J.D. & Gordon, J.E. (1998) Antarctic Environments and Resources Longman, Harlow, Essex. 0582081270
Harris, C. & Stonehouse, B. (eds.) Antarctica and Global Climatic Change Belhaven Press, London. 1852931876
Laws, R. (1989) Antarctica - The Last Frontier Boxtree Ltd., London 1852832479
Sugden, D. (1982) Arctic and Antarctic - a Modern Geographical Synthesis Blackwell, Oxford 0631136134
Walton, D. W. H. (Ed.) (1987) Antarctic Science Cambridge Univ. Press, Cambridge. 052126233X


This module is at CQFW Level 5