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Snow: What It Is and Why It Matters

Luleå University of Technology via FutureLearn


Learn all about snow from cold weather experts in Sweden

Snow can affect every aspect of life, from transport systems to business operations; that’s why it’s crucial to understand what exactly snow is, how it forms, and how we can manage it.

On this course, you’ll get a comprehensive introduction to the icy world of snow from engineering and management educators in one of the snowiest countries in the world – Sweden.

Discover the origins of snow and its different forms

Learn the fundamentals of snow, including how it is created, and why there are difference in the size and shape of snowflakes.

You’ll identify the different types of snow, and assess how different kinds of weather can transform snow and affect its fundamental properties.

Explore the world of snow with those who know it best

There are few places on Earth where daily life is as affected by snow as Scandinavia.

Learning alongside top researchers and snow experts from Luleå University of Technology, you’ll examine the different activities that can be performed on snow, how to transport things on snow, and even how to use snow as an entrepreneur.

This course would suit those working in winter tourism and similar sectors, anyone interested in snow for leisure activities like skiing, or those involved with snow for work (eg. in transport sectors).


  • Let's talk about snow
    • Introduction to the course
    • What about snow
    • The creation of snow
    • How to describe snow
    • New opportunities with snow
    • Snow and the climate
    • End of Week 1 reflection
  • Let's prepare for snow
    • Introduction to week 2
    • Walking and skiing
    • How to drive on snow
    • Problems with snow
    • Make business with snow
    • End of course reflection

Taught by

Johan Casselgren


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