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Bern-Fribourg Master in Earth Sciences

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Details of Master Thesis Topic (Module D):
Geology, geomorphology, weathering and sediment transport in an Alpine drainage basin

Master Thesis title: Geology, geomorphology, weathering and sediment transport in an Alpine drainage basin
Description:Mountainous drainage basins are characterized by a large variability of sediment transport, weathering, and geomorphological features that depend on the bedrock geology, the landscape's inheritance after glaciation and landsliding. This is particularly the case in the Alpine drainage basins, where preliminary studies yielded a strong control of bedrock and landslding on surface erosion and sediment transport. The aim of this study is the assessment of the most important controls on sediment production by weathering, and erosion and related sediment transport by debris flow and fluvial processes. Research will be carried out in target drainage basinsn in the Alps. Methods include detailed geomorphic mapping, orthophoto analysis including interpretations of DEMS within a GIS environment, and geochemical and petrophysical analysis of the sediment within the stream. This Master's project will be integrated part of an ongoing PhD project. Requirements: Interest in process geomorphology, and English.
Advisors:Prof. Fritz Schlunegger, PD Dr. Naki Akçar
Specialities:GEOL, PAQS
University: BE

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