Aug 18, 2019
GEOL 523 - The Cryosphere
Components of the cryosphere (ice sheets, mountain glaciers, ice shelves, global snow cover, sea ice extent, and permafrost/frozen ground) will be examined, including anticipated changes in the cryosphere due to changing climate. GEOL 423 and GEOL 523 are layered courses; students may not receive credit for both. Course will be offered on even numbered years (Winter).
Prerequisites: GEOL 501 and GEOL 502.
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
Learner Outcomes Approval Date:
- Differentiate between the formation and structure of components of the cryosphere.
- Examine techniques used to monitor variations in various components of the cryosphere.
- Evaluate which components of the cryosphere are most vulnerable to a warming climate, and the timescales over which the cryospheric component is vulnerable to change (weeks - months - centuries).
- Synthesize research from the peer reviewed scientific literature on a topic related to to the cryosphere.
- Evaluate how projected increases in temperature will affect a component of the cryosphere, and predict the societal and eonomical impacts of this change.
- Investigate how projected increases in temperature will affect a component of the cryosphere by conducting original research.
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