651-3561-00L  Cryosphere

SemesterAutumn Semester 2020
LecturersM. Huss, A. Bauder, D. Farinotti
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionGerman


651-3561-00 VKryosphäre
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2 hrs
Tue16-18ON LI NE »
M. Huss, A. Bauder, D. Farinotti

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AbstractThe course introduces the different components of the cryosphere - snow, glaciers, ice sheets, sea ice and lake ice, and permafrost - and their respective roles in the climate system. For each subsystem, essential physical aspects are emphasized, and their dynamics are described quantitatively and using examples.
ObjectiveStudents are able to
- qualitatively explain relevant processes, feedbacks and relationships between the different components of the cryosphere,
- quantify and interpret physical processes, which determine the state of the cryospheric components, with simple calculations.
ContentThe course provides an introduction into the various components of the cryosphere: snow, glaciers, ice sheets, sea ice and lake ice, permafrost, and their roles in the climate system. Essential physical aspects are emphasized for each subsystem: e.g. the material properties of ice, mass balance and dynamics of glaciers, or the energy balance of sea ice.
Lecture notesHandouts will be distributed during the teaching semester
LiteratureBenn, D., & Evans, D. J. (2014). Glaciers and glaciation. Routledge.
Cuffey, K. M., & Paterson, W. S. B. (2010). The physics of glaciers. Academic Press.
Hooke, R. L. (2019). Principles of glacier mechanics. Cambridge University Press.

Further literature will be indicated during the lecture.

Performance assessment

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Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits3 credits
ExaminersM. Huss, A. Bauder, D. Farinotti
Typeend-of-semester examination
Language of examinationGerman
RepetitionA repetition date will be offered in the first two weeks of the semester immediately consecutive.

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Offered in

Earth and Climate Sciences BachelorAdvancedWInformation
Earth and Climate Sciences BachelorElectivesWInformation
Earth Sciences MasterGlaciology: Compulsory CoursesW+Information
Environmental Sciences BachelorEnvironmental PhysicsWInformation