Module Identifier EA31030  
Academic Year 2007/2008  
Co-ordinator Professor Neil F Glasser  
Semester Semester 1  
Course delivery Lecture   60 Hours.  
  Seminars / Tutorials   22 Hours.  
  Other   Field Work. 5 days  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Assessment5 Hours In-Course Assessment: Written exercises 
Semester Assessment Continuous Assessment: Field excursion report and term project report 
Supplementary Exam Two-hour examination and 5,000 word report 

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge of the following aspects of pollution in High Arctic regions:


This module is one of four suitable for students registered for BSc honours degrees in Environmental Earth Science and Geography, offered by UNIS in Svalbard. UNIS is a University on the High-Arctic archipelago of Svalbard, currently under Norwegian sovereignty. UNIS was established in 1993 by the four universities in Oslo, Bergen, Trondheim and Tomso to offer university level courses and to perform research relevant to its High Arctic location. The intention of this module is to provide level 3 students with the opportunity to undertake one semester of study overseas at UNIS within an international community of students and staff, in an exciting and challenging environment.


Despite its remoteness, certain Arctic areas are subjected to substantial contamination due partly to the exploitation of coal, oil and gas reserves. This module addresses current and potential pollution problems, environmental effects and possible remediation techniques in Arctic areas. Topics covered include those relating to pollution in the Arctic, including pollution from the mining industry, radioactive pollutants, persistent organic pollutnts, local waste handling, and oil spillage.


This module is at CQFW Level 6