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290178 EX Physiogeographical field trip: Sediment dynamics in the Proglacial of the Gepatschferne (Kaunertal) (2018W)

im Kaunertal

3.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 29 - Geographie
Continuous assessment of course work


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 20 participants
Language: German





Aims, contents and method of the course

Students are able to identify glacial and periglazial features and mass movements in the field and be aware of the underlying processes. They understand sediment dynamics in high alpine environments and are capable of discussing the dichotomy between natural hazards and anthropogenic exploitation.

The excursion takes place in the Kauntertal. The following topics will be discussed with experts in the field:
- landscape characteristics of the Kaunertal (upland moor, dry grasslands, etc.),
- climate change in Austria,
- glacial and periglacial processes and related features,
- glacier retreat and sediment transport,
- natural hazards in the alps,
- hydropower.

We focus on sediment transport from the glacier to the Gepatsch Reservoir and its implications for hydropower operation. Fluvial and mass movement processes in the valley and their hazard potential, as well as countermeasures are discussed. Furthermore, we go into anthropogenic transformation of landscape and its relation to economy, social change and ecology.

object lesson, discussion

Assessment and permitted materials

- active participation 25%
- presentation 20%
- handout 10%
- scientific paper on a chosen topic 45%

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

The grade is based on allocation of points. The maximum attainable points are 100 points.

For positive evaluation the following minimum requirements must be fulfilled.
- constant attendance
- presentation held and handouts printed for everyone
- fulfillment of discussant role
- a minimum of 55 points in total

Grading system:
>=90 points: very good
77-89 points: good
66-76 points: satisfactory
55-65 points: adequate
< 55 points: unsatisfactory

Examination topics

Reading list

please refer to moodle

Association in the course directory

(B11-7.3) (MG3-EX) (L2-EX) (BA UF GW 18)

Last modified: Fr 31.08.2018 08:43