Module Identifier EAM1020  
Academic Year 2004/2005  
Co-ordinator Dr Neil F Glasser  
Semester Semester 2  
Other staff Professor Michael J Hambrey, Dr Poul Christoffersen  
Course delivery Seminars / Tutorials   5 Hours Seminar classes  
  Practical   5 Hours Practical classes  
  Other   20 Hours Field classes  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Assessment Practical exercises (Projects 1&2)20%
Semester Assessment Fieldwork: Logging report25%
Semester Assessment Fieldwork: Public understanding of science brochure25%
Semester Assessment Essay Review (5000 words)30%
Supplementary Assessment Resubmission of all course-work 

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
1. Interpret surface features on contemporary glaciers and ice sheets, such as those related to ice dynamics, debris transport and hydrology, using satellite imagery and aerial photography.

2. Interpret the sediment/landform associations in recently deglacierised areas and in the Quaternary record, using satellite imagery and aerial photography.

3. Apply sedimentological principles to the analysis and interpretation of glacigenic sediments, irrespective of age.

4. Demonstrate field skills in sedimentological logging and landform interpretation.

5. Apply their scientific knowledge in the context of public understanding of science by producing an interpretative brochure for public consumption

6. Synthesise information from peer-reviewed journal articles and other scientific literature on a glacial geological/geomorphological topic

Brief description

The module provides a practical introduction to the use of a variety of techniques in glacial geology and geomorphology. Emphasis is on fieldwork and laboratory work, supported by seminars. Theoretical background will be acquired from written and web-based materials


The module comprises three projects and one essay Report, as follows.

Project 1: Map and satellite interpretation of the Antarctic Ice sheet (Lambert Glacier System)
Project 2: Aerial photograph and satellite interpretation of a region formerly covered by an ice sheet
Project 3: Glacial sedimentological techniques and facies analysis

Fieldwork 1: Introduction to logging and analysis of glacial sediments (half day locally)
Fieldwork 2: Sedimentological logging exercise at key site in West Wales (one day)
Fieldwork 2: Cadair Idris (Llyn y Gadair); evaluation and mapping of glacial landforms for public understanding of science brochure (one day)

Essay Review: With reference to case studies, the essay will be concerned with an in-depth literature-based analysis of a topical glacial geological or geomorphological issue.

Reading Lists

** Recommended Text
Benn, D. I. and Evans, D.J.A. (1998) Glaciers and Glaciation. Arnold, London
Bennett, M.R. and Glasser, N.F. (1996) Glacial Geology: Ice Sheets and Landforms. John Wiley, Chichester.
Hambrey, M.J. (1994) Glacial Environments. UCL Press


This module is at CQFW Level 7