Mar 22, 2023  
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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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.

Prerequisites: GEOL 501 and GEOL 502.


Learner Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Describe the formation and structure of various components of the cryosphere.
  • Describe techniques used to monitor variations in various components of the cryosphere.
  • Assess 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).
  • Critically assess journal articles from the cryosphere primary literature.
  • Evaluate how projected increases in temperature will affect a component of the cryosphere, and predict the societal and economic impacts of this change.

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Anticipated Course Offering Terms and Locations:
Winter Locations Ellensburg

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