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651-3561-00L  Cryosphere

SemesterAutumn Semester 2016
LecturersM. Funk, M. Huss, K. Steffen
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionGerman

Catalogue data

AbstractThis course introduces the different parts of the cryosphere - snow, glaciers, sea ice, permafrost - and their role in the climate system. A significant physical aspect is the focus in each part. Those completing the course are able to describe the dynamics of cryosphere components both formally and using examples.
ObjectiveStudents are able
- to qualitatively describe the main components of the cryosphere and their role in the climate system
- to formally describe the relevant physical processes which determine the state of cryosphere components
ContentIntroduction into the different components of the Cryosphere: Snow, glaciers, sea ice and permafrost, and their roles in the climate system. Each part is use to emphasized on one specific physical aspect: material qualities of ice, mass balance and dynamics of glaciers and energy balance of sea ice.
Lecture noteshandouts will be distributed during the teaching semester

Performance assessment

Performance assessment information (valid until the course unit is held again)
Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits3 credits
ExaminersM. Funk, M. Huss
Typeend-of-semester examination
Language of examinationGerman
RepetitionA repetition date will be offered in the first two weeks of the semester immediately consecutive.

Learning materials

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651-3561-00 VKryosphäre2 hrs
Tue08-10ML F 36 »
13.12.08-10CHN C 14 »
M. Funk, M. Huss, K. Steffen


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Offered in

Earth Sciences BachelorMajor in Geophysics: ElectivesWInformation
Earth Sciences BachelorMajor in Climate and Water: Core CoursesW+Information
Earth Sciences BachelorMajor in Climate and Water: ElectivesInformation
Earth Sciences BachelorMajor in Geology: ElectivesWInformation
Earth Sciences MasterGlaciology: Compulsory CoursesW+Information
Environmental Sciences BachelorEnvironmental PhysicsWInformation