Offers to Study at Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (HVL)

by Miloslav Mucha

Author: Ing. Hana Zach, PhD.

Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (HVL)

https://www.hvl.no/en

Study Packages:

1. Geohazards and Climate Change

Global warming can enhance local extreme weather conditions, which in turn can affect the frequency of geohazards such as landslides, avalanches and flooding. This course provides you with a broad understanding of the interaction between atmospheric and Earth's surface processes that control the occurrence of potentially catastrophic geohazardous events.

ECTS 30 credits
Teaching semester: Spring (January – June)
Place of study: Sogndal, Norway

During this course, you will

  • - learn about basic meteorological processes and their interplay during past, present and future climate change.
  • - gain a broad understanding of processes that create tsunamis, earthquakes, floods, landslides and avalanches, and how these can affect infrastructure and people.
  • - achieve knowledge about hydrological systems in urban and rural areas including measures, strategies and plans for run-off management.

The location of the campus offers a great opportunity to visit nearby sites, where you can directly study a broad range of active geohazardous processes, and investigate the results of past geohazard events (including tsunamis, instable bedrock slopes, landslides, avalanches and floods).

The course consists of three modules:

  • - Climate Change
  • - Geohazards
  • - Environmental Hydrology and Run-Off Management

Study methods

The teaching combines lectures, assignments and excursions.
The language of instruction is English.

More information on

https://www.hvl.no/en/studies-at-hvl/study-programmes/2018v/geof/

2. From Mountain to Fjord

Explore the geology and ecology of western Norway! From Mountain to Fjord is an environmental course focusing on interdisciplinary natural science with a main emphasis on the geology and ecology of Western Norway.

ECTS 30 credits
Teaching semester: Autumn (August – December)
Place of study: Sogndal, Norway

The location of the campus gives access to a variety of eco-systems, ranging from alpine through lowland to a marine fjord environment. This landscape offers a unique natural laboratory for fieldwork and research. The course provides you with the competence to critically instruct decision makers on how to improve the reliability of an ecologically based interpretation of environmental and climate change by simply adding geological long term information.

The course consists of three modules:

  • - Geological aspects of Western Norway
  • - Glaciers and Ecology
  • - Fjord Processes

Study methods

We have lectures, exercises, fieldwork and laboratory practice. In addition, a science project will be performed throughout the whole semester.
The language of instruction is in English.

More information on

https://www.hvl.no/en/studies-at-hvl/exchange-studies/available-courses/courses-in-sogndal-and-forde/

Master`s Programme:

3. Climate Change Management

Climate change poses a range of new challenges for society and has created a great demand for candidates with up-to-date climate and planning competence. This master programme will give you a broad understanding of the challenges society faces with climate change, and the competence to generate knowledge across traditional scientific disciplines.

ECTS 120 credits
Duration: 2 years
Place of study: Sogndal, Norway

You will learn about

  • - climate models and climate projections, and how they can be used to analyse and assess possible future scenarios.
  • - national and international climate policy, and how this policy is applied.
  • - how climate change affects species, societies and ecosystems.
  • - how the society can transform energy production and use in a more environmentally friendly direction.
  • - how to include evaluations of landslides, avalanches, flooding and water management in planning processes.
  • - strategies, actions and tools for adapting to climate change and reducing greenhouse gas emissions

Study methods

The teaching combines lectures, excursions and fieldwork, case studies, multidisciplinary work in groups, seminars and independent work assignments.
The language of instruction is in English.

More information on

https://www.hvl.no/en/studies-at-hvl/study-programmes/2017h/maccm/

In case of interest please contact:

Ing. Mária Bihuňová, PhD.
Vice-dean for International and Public Relations
Horticulture and Landscape Engineering Faculty SUA in Nitra
email: maria.bihunova@uniag.sk 
tel.: +421 37 641 5425

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