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ithin physical geography, the Earth is often split into several sphere or environments: the atmosphere, biosphere, cryosphere, geosphere, hydrosphere, lithosphere, and pedosphere. Research in physical geography is often interdisciplinary and commonly uses the a system approach.


The common thread in physical geography at AIRC has been focus on, but not limited to the following:

1. Climatology Research is broadly defined to include both the nature of micro (local) and macro (global) climates, and its effects on earth systems, and human impacts on the environment.

2. Hydrology and Glaciology Hydrologic research focuses on the flow of water through the landscape and on physical physical water quality. Glaciological research focuses on snow processes, avalanche dynamics, and hazard assessment, snow accumulation, melt and runoff, and glacier mass balance.

3. Biogeography Research deals with issues concerning the biological environment especially the spatial characteristics of biodiversity and ecosystem. The research of ARIC biogeographers focuses on how climate, landforms, disturbances, human land use, and biotic factors interact to influence biodiversity, ecosystem management, and conservation planning for threatened species and habitats.

DEGREE PROGRAMMES AND RELATED COURSE UNITS DEGREE PROGRAMMES

Master of Science (Physical Geography)

COURSE UNITS

(1) Biodiversity conservation and management

(2) Quantitative geography

(3) Application of GIS and RS technology in geography

(4) International rivers

(5) Geographical frontiers

(6) Modern Environmental Monitoring

(7) Earth surface processes and disasters prevention

(8) Principles and methods of analysis of remote sensing application

(9) Hydrology and water resources

(10) Disaster geographic information system

POSSIBLE CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

(1) Biodiversity and ecosystems managers

(2) Conservation planners

(3) Environmental planning and management

(4) Environmental scientist

(5) Researches

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