|| GG30320 |
|| PROCESS GLACIOLOGY |
|| 2006/2007 |
|| Professor Michael J Hambrey |
|| Semester 2 |
|| Dr Alun Hubbard |
| Course delivery
|| 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.
The module aims to provide a thorough training in the physical processes that govern ice mass behaviour, including response to climate change, motion, hydrology and sedimentation. Much of the module will be guided by contemporary research examples and the module will include a strong fieldwork component. To achieve this aim, students will acquire a firm training in analysing and representing:
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
The module will additionally involve two days of field projects:
Fieldwork 1. Snowdon: erosion and ice motion
Fieldwork 2. Cardigan: sedimentary processes and products
** Recommended Text
Benn, D. and Evans, D (1998) Glaciers and Glaciation
Bennett, M.R. and Glasser, N.F (1996) Glacial Geology: Ice Sheets and Landforms
Paterson, W.S.B (1994) The Physics of Glaciers
3rd. Pergamon Press, Elsevier Science, Oxford
This module is at CQFW Level 6