AG-825 Glaciology (10 ECTS)

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ID:
AG-825
CREDITS:
10 ECTS
START DATE:
6 February 2017
END DATE:
13 March 2017
COURSE PERIOD:
Spring semester (February–March), annually.
LANGUAGE OF INSTRUCTION AND EXAMINATION:
English
CREDIT REDUCTION/OVERLAP:
10 ECTS overlap with AG-325. 5 ECTS overlap with AG-347/847.
GRADE:
Letter grade (A through F)
COURSE MATERIAL:
Benn and Evans (2010): "Glaciers and Glaciation, Part 1" (256 pages). Selected journal articles (ca. 300 pages).
COURSE COSTS:
None
COURSE CAPACITY MIN/MAX:
10/20 students (AG-325/825 in total)
EXAMINATION SUPPORT MATERIAL:
Bilingual dictionary between English and mother tongue
APPLICATION DEADLINE:
15 October 2016

INSTRUCTORS:

Nicholas Hulton
Nicholas Hulton
Adjunct Professor in Glaciology

Course requirements:

Enrolment in a PhD programme in glaciology or closely related discipline. Background in glaciology, physical geography and/or geology, although glaciology PhD students with other backgrounds will also be considered.

Academic content:

The course is a systematic survey of modern research into glacial processes, and the response of glaciers and ice sheets to climate change. Lectures will cover recent changes to arctic glaciers, the principles of mass balance measurement and modelling, glacier hydrology, glacier motion and dynamics, surges, calving and numerical modelling. Students will also have the opportunity to present talks on their own research projects. Discussions will concentrate on identifying the critical questions for future glaciological research, and how procedures might be devised to address these questions.

Learning outcomes:

Knowledge
Upon completing the course, the students will:
Have a comprehensive understanding of glaciological processes, illustrated with examples from Svalbard and other glaciated regions. Have insight into different approaches to investigating glaciological systems via field observations, models and remote sensing. Have a considerable insight into the response of glaciers to climate change, and the challenges of predicting future directions in glacier mass balance and dynamics.

Skills
Upon completing the course, the students will:
Master a range of key skills needed in modern glaciology, including field data collection and analysis, numerical modelling, image processing and interpretation. Have the ability to produce and present high quality scientific reports

General competences
Upon completing the course, the students will:
Hold considerable competence in critical thinking and evaluation of the published literature. Appreciate in depth how glaciological knowledge is created, drawing from other natural science disciplines and based on strong theoretical, methodological and observation principles. This will include consideration of research design, data collection, analysis and interpretation.

Learning activities:

The course extends over 4,5 weeks including compulsory safety training, and is run in combination with AG-325.

The course will have a theoretical part with lectures and seminars, and a practical part with and computer-based exercises, excursions and fieldwork. The practical part will allow students to see and study glacial phenomena discussed in the lectures, and will introduce them to glaciological field methods. There will be field excursions to englacial caves (meltwater conduits), calving glaciers and surging glaciers, and will introduce students to on-going research projects. The fieldwork and excursions may be subject to changes, depending upon the weather conditions.

Total lecture hours: 30 hours.
Exercise hours: 20 hours.
Fieldwork or field excursions: 4 days.

Compulsory learning activities:

Exercises, fieldwork and field excursions.
All compulsory learning activities must be approved in order to sit the exam.

Assessment:

Method Duration
Percentage of final grade
Written exam (including essay, title announced in week 4 of course)  4 hours 100%

All assessments must be passed in order to pass the course.

Application deadline: 15 October 2016

CONTACT INFO

The University Centre in Svalbard
Telephone: +47 79 02 33 00
Fax: +47 79 02 33 01
E-mail: post@unis.no / webmaster@unis.no
Address: P.O. Box 156 N-9171 Longyearbyen
Org. no. 985 204 454

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