|Delivery Type||Delivery length / details|
|Lecture||16 Hours. 8 x 2 hours|
|Seminars / Tutorials||4 Hours. 2 x 2 hours|
|Practical||2 x 1 day . Transport costs to be ~7.50 pounds per student|
|Assessment Type||Assessment length / details||Proportion|
|Semester Assessment||1 x seminar report (max. 2000 words)||30%|
|Semester Assessment||1 x fieldwork report (max. 2000 words)||30%|
|Semester Assessment||1 x seen extended essay from a choice of topics (max. 3000 words)||40%|
|Supplementary Assessment||Students will be required to resubmit failed semester assignments||100%|
on successful completion of this module students should be able to:
- describe the physical relationships between climate change and ice-mass response.
* characterise processes of glacier motion and the relationships between that motion and (a) the structural form of ice masses, and (b) the transport and delivery of sediments by ice masses.
* illustrate the functioning of glaciers as hydrological systems, able to act as distinctive water stores and able to release that water into their surrounding environments.
* describe the operation of ice masses as hazards in many parts of the world.
* appreciate the relative strengths and weaknesses of the techniques employed in glaciological investigations, and to evaluate contemporary glaciological research.
- relationships between ice masses and climate.
- glacier motion and processes and processes of sediment incorporation, transport and deposition
- the functioning of glaciers as hydrological systems.
- the techniques employed in glaciological and glacial-sedimentological investigations
- Glacier structure and mass balance
- Seminar 1: Ice mass response to climate change - the IPCC Report
- Glacier motion 1: processes and patterns
- Glacier motion 2: fast ice flow
- Glacier motion 3: structural glaciology
- Glacier sediments: entrainment, transport and deposition
- Meltwater generation, transport and delivery
- Seminar 2: ice mass response to climate change - modelling
- Surge-type Glaciers
- Glacier hazards
Fieldwork 1. Snowdon: erosion and ice motion
Fieldwork 2. Tonfanau: sedimentary processes and products
Reading ListRecommended Text
Benn, D. and Evans, D (1998) Glaciers and Glaciation Arnold Primo search Bennett, M.R. and Glasser, N.F (1996) Glacial Geology: Ice Sheets and Landforms Wiley Primo search Paterson, W.S.B (1994) The Physics of Glaciers 3rd Pergamon Press, Elsevier Science, Oxford Primo search
This module is at CQFW Level 6