May 19, 2024  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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GEOL 423 - 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 201 and CHEM 181 and CHEM 182.

Credits: (5)

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

  • 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 cryosphere component is vulnerable to change (weeks - months - centuries).
  • Synthesize research from the peer reviewed scientific literature on a topic related to the cryosphere.
  • Evaluate how projected increases in temperature will affect a component of the cryosphere, and predict the societal and economic impacts of this change.

Learner Outcomes Approval Date:

Anticipated Course Offering Terms and Locations:
Winter Locations: Ellensburg

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