Understanding Alpine Landscapes: Integrating Field Observations and Modelling

  • Speakers: Dr. Ian Delaney (SNSF Ambizione Lecturer, UNIL)
  • Location: La Forclaz, Val d'Hérens (VS)
    • The exact location is to-be-confirmed. Attendees will stay in group accomodation organized by Dr. Delaney and the PhD School. The course will involve visits to multiple sites in the Val d'Hérens.
  • Dates: 26-29 Sept. 2023
  • Cost
    • Registered WES PhD School members: no fee, but please see registration and cancellation policy below.
    • Others:
      • Academic participants: 750 CHF.
      • Industry participants: contact us.
      • Note: all external participants must email the PhD School Coordinator. We reserve the right to limit place, with priority given to students registered in the WES PhD School.
  • Registration: Please fill out this form.
  • Cancellation policy: 
    • Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Attendance is limited to 10 people. Once this quota is met, additional registrants will be placed on the waiting list. 
    • This is a field course that involves extensive logistical preparation. Registrations will be confirmed by email 3-4 weeks prior to the course - registrants will need to confirm their attendance when they are contacted. Any student whose registration is confirmed at that time, but who does not show up or cancels after confirming will receive an invoice for a cancellation fee of 300 CHF with next-to-no exceptions.

Course overview (full details here):
This course aims to link active geomorphic processes observed in Alpine environments to simple numerical models of these processes. After completion of the course, students will have been introduced to the means to look at an Alpine landscape and think of some of the numerical models that can describe the process and how numerical models can be used to describe unobservable components of the system. The course aims to guide students’ design of research questions and understanding of the physical processes controlling geomorphology, not necessarily implementing complex models of geomorphic processes.