Module Identifier EAM0830  
Academic Year 2003/2004  
Co-ordinator Dr Bryn P Hubbard  
Semester Semester 2  
Other staff Giles H Brown, Professor Michael J Hambrey, Dr Neil F Glasser, Professor John W Pomeroy  
Course delivery Lecture   10 Hours 10 x 2 hours  
  Seminars / Tutorials   5 x 1 hour  
  Practical   Practicals / Field Days. 5 x 1 hour lecture course practicals; 3 days x 8 hours fieldwork  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Assessment Project Report: Lecture course projects reports 4 x 10%  40%
Semester Assessment Report: Fieldwork report  40%
Semester Assessment Essay:  20%
Supplementary Assessment Failed reports and essays can be resubmitted to the IGES office on or before the first day of the Summer resit period (normally mid-August). 

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module, students will be able to

Brief description

Students will be introduced to the full range of research issues in contemporary glaciology, along with the methods and techniques that are currently used to address those issues. In particular the module will focus on equipping students with the knowledge and technology to enable them to design and conduct independent research projects - whether in a commercial or academic context. Much of the module will adopt a `hands-on? approach to glaciology, with practical sessions in, for example, clast fabric analysis, micro data-logger programming and simple numerical modelling.

The fieldwork component of the module will be undertaken in North Wales, investigating palaeo-glacier dynamics on the basis of the geomorphology of the Snowdon Horseshoe and interpreting the Late glacial sedimentary record at Port Neigwl.

Reading Lists

Hambrey M J (1994) Glacial Environments
Tucker, M E (1988) Techniques in Sedimentology
Sharp, M , Richards, K & Tranter, M (1998) Glacier Hydrology and Hydrochemistry
Paterson, W S B (1994) The Physics of Glaciers 3rd.

(1997) Quarternary Science Reviews Vol 16 This special issue includes many useful technique-based review papers.


This module is at CQFW Level 7