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AG-844
Dynamics of Calving Glaciers (5 ECTS)

 

Course period: Autumn semester, (September), every second year. Next course: 15.09 - 29.09 2014 CANCELLED
Language of instruction: English
Credit reduction/overlap: None
Grade: Letter grade (A through F)
Examination support material: Bilingual dictionary between English and mother tongue
Course materials: Benn and Evans (2010) "Glaciers and Glaciation", Part 1 (256 pp.), plus selected journal articles (ca. 300 pp.)
Course responsible: Doug Benn
Course costs: Ca. NOK 1000
Course capacity min./max.: 8/16 students


Required previous knowledge/specific course requirements:
Enrolment in a PhD programme. Background in glaciology or related discipline.

Learning outcomes:

Knowledge
Upon completing the course, the students will have:

Knowledge of recent changes to calving glaciers in Greenland, Antarctica, Svalbard, and other regions An understanding of the key glaciological processes underlying calving glacier behaviour

Skills
Upon completing the course, the students will have:

Practical experience of numerical modelling and remote sensing.

General competences
Upon completing the course, the students will have:

An awareness of major unsolved research problems, and insight into how these may be addressed.

Academic content:
The course is a detailed exploration of the behaviour of calving glaciers, marine ice-streams and ice shelves. Lectures and seminars will focus on recent changes in calving glacier dynamics and front positions, and the theory of key processes including hydrology, basal motion, fracturing and calving. Laboratory work will include practical classes on modelling calving glaciers, and remote sensing of glacier oscillations, velocities, and other key characteristics.

Learning activities:

The course extends over 2.5 weeks including compulsory safety training.

Total lecture hours: 40 hours.
Total laboratory work (computing and remote sensing): 20 hours.
Excursions: 2 days of boat trips to calving glaciers in Isfjorden.

Compulsory learning activities:
Researching and writing a paper on an approved topic.  
All compulsory learning activities must be approved in order to sit the exam.

Assessment:

Method Time
Percentage of final grade
Written paper  
40 %
Written exam 2 hours
60 %

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

 

Application deadline: 15. April 2014

 

 

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