Module Information

Module Identifier
EAM0820
Module Title
Approaches to Glaciology
Academic Year
2013/2014
Co-ordinator
Semester
Semester 2
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Seminars / Tutorials 14 hours
Practical 13 hours
Other 1 field class
 

Assessment

Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Three project reports, each no more than 2000 words. One essay report, no longer than 4000 words. (4x25)  100%
Supplementary Assessment Students will be required to resubmit failed semester assessments.  100%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

1. Programme and wire a data-logger suitable for a variety of glaciological and more general applications.

2. Gauge the discharge and EC of a stream through the use of a data logger.

3. Analyse and interpret satellite-derived images of Earth surface glacigenic features.

4. Devise and undertake a laboratory-based exercise involving the automated analysis of environmental controls over ice sublimation.

5. Demonstrate expertise in terms of the interaction of theory, modelling and empirical data collection in one specific subject area of glaciology.

Brief description


 
 The module focuses on providing a practical introduction to a variety of commonly-used glaciological techniques. This is provided through seminar classes, laboratory classes and a field application class.
 
 

Content

The module involves exploring the variety of approaches used by researchers in addressing glaciological problems. Module content includes evaluating the merits of combining various approaches to glaciology and includes a strong practical component. Specifically, the module will include one Essay Report and three Projects, as follows:

Project 1: Field-based Campbell Scientific micro-logger programming and implementation. The case study is to be introduced through existing literature on proglacial stream discharges and will be based on a practical stream-gauging exercise.

Project 2: Computer-based satellite image analysis exercise. The case study is to be introduced through existing literature of satellite-derived imagery and will be based on the analysis of such images for terrestrial glacigenic features.

Project 3: Laboratory-based ice experimentation. The case study is to be introduced through existing literature and will be based on establishing and running an experiment to investigate the relationships between ice sublimation and a variety of environmental controls.

Essay Report: Seminar-supported review of the interaction of theory, modelling and empirical data collection in one specific subject area of glaciology.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Projects 1 and 3 require quantitative data analysis.
Communication Written communication is required in all assessments.
Improving own Learning and Performance The assessed coursework requires students to develop their understanding of issues associated with the module.
Information Technology All projects require IT for data acquisition, analysis and presentation.
Personal Development and Career planning Personal development will be improved through collaborative field work and mastering techniques.
Problem solving Projects 1 and 3 involve issues associated with the development of data-logger programming and the integration of theory with field and laboratory practice. Project 2 involves computer-based image analysis and manipulation.
Research skills The Essay Report requires exploration and synthesis of technical and theoretical information
Team work The fieldwork and laboratory research require team collaboration to plan and carry out the experiments.

Reading List

Recommended Text
Goudie, A. (1994) Geomorphological techniques. Routledge Voyager search Hubbard, B and Glasser, N. (2005) Field techniques in glaciology and glacial geomorphology. Wiley Voyager search

Notes

This module is at CQFW Level 7