Principles of Glaciology (ESS 431)

ESS 431

3 credits



Location: JHN 111

Schedule: MWF 2:30-3:50

Department: Earth and Space Sciences

Quarter: Fall

This course covers a broad range of geophysical problems involving ice in the environment, and its role in global change. Subjects include: formation, deposition and metamorphism of snow; glacier flow; behavior of ice sheets and interpretation of their chemistry and internal structure; growth and decay of sea ice and relation to climate; geomorphology of permafrost terrain; paleoclimate reconstruction from glacial geomorphology. The course is primarily descriptive, but stresses a physical understanding of underlying processes. It is taught by a number of faculty with expertise in specific areas in glaciology.

Experts in all aspects of the cryosphere will lead you through the science of snow, glaciers, ice sheets, sea ice, and examine climate change through ice cores and ice-age cycles.

There is a field trip to a glacier on Mt. Baker on a Saturday in early October.

Pre-requisites: PHYS 121 OR permission of instructor