The course provides 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 remote sensing. Students will also have the opportunity to present summaries of their own research projects. Discussions will concentrate on how key questions for glaciological research are isolated, and how these are typically tackled.
The course will have a theoretical part with lectures and seminars, and a practical part with 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 the students will be introduced to on-going research projects. The fieldwork and excursions may be subject to changes, depending upon the weather conditions.
Enrolment in a master program. Students should have a background in glaciology, physical geography and/or geology.
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|Institution||University Centre in Svalbard|
|Fields of study||Earth sciencePhysical science (others)|