651-3561-00L  Cryosphere

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

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