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Glacial Processes and Geomorphology (GEGR10075)







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Course Summary

This course introduces students to glacial processes operating in past and present glacial environments with a focus in the context of ongoing climate change. This will involve the study of glacier mass balance including the rapid and ongoing mass loss of ice masses globally, glacier physics, ice motion and hydrology and consideration of the past, present and future of the Antarctic and Greenland Ice Sheets. It will draw on methodologies that use theoretical, field based and remote sensing techniques to infer glacial processes.

Course Description

This course aims to provide students with a fundamental knowledge of the physics and dynamics of glacier ice masses, enabling them to understand what controls glacier formation and the subsequent behaviour of ice masses. It also develops a critical understanding of the processes associated with glacial environments, in both ice-contact and proglacial situations and considers the societal importance of glaciers and the future stability of the world s ice masses in a warming climate.The course will be structured around a series of lectures providing a grounding in fundamental glacial processes.

Assessment Information

Written Exam 60%, Coursework 40%, Practical Exam 0%

Additional Assessment Information

Written Exam: 60%, Course Work: 40 %, Practical Exam: 0%.Exam in December diet, will require answering two questions (from six) based on the lecture programme and background reading associated with the course. The course work will involve producing one 2000 word essay from a selection of six essay titles.Assessment deadlines:Degree Essay - Week 9

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