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Course module: NS-MO427M
NS-MO427M
Ice and climate
Course infoSchedule
Course codeNS-MO427M
ECTS Credits7.5
Category / LevelM (Master)
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byFaculty of Science; Graduate School of Natural Sciences;
Contact personprof. dr. J. Oerlemans
Telephone+31 30 2533272
E-mailJ.Oerlemans@uu.nl
Lecturers
Contactperson for the course
prof. dr. J. Oerlemans
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Lecturer
prof. dr. J. Oerlemans
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Lecturer
C.R. Steger, MSc
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Teaching period
2  (14/11/2016 to 03/02/2017)
Teaching period in which the course begins
2
Time slotB: TUE-morning, THU-afternoon
Study mode
Full-time
Enrolment periodfrom 19/09/2016 up to and including 02/10/2016
Course application processOsiris
Enrolling through OSIRISYes
Enrolment open to students taking subsidiary coursesYes
Pre-enrolmentNo
Post-registrationYes
Post-registration openfrom 31/10/2016 up to and including 01/11/2016
Waiting listNo
Aims
1. Is acquainted with the global role of ice sheets and glaciers in the climate system.
2. Has a basic knowledge of polar meteorology, the micro-climate of mountain glaciers, and the processes that regulate the exchange of energy and mass between atmosphere and glacier surface.
3. Understands the physical laws that govern the deformation and flow of ice, is able to carry out simple manipulations with these laws, and is familiar with some analytical solutions describing the equilibrium profile of ice sheets and ice shelves.
4. Has an overview of the various approximations and numerical techniques used in ice-sheet modelling.
5. Is acquainted with the Pleistocene glacial cycles and has an overview of the processes that are important in causing/regulating these cycles (orbital insolation changes, varying greenhouse gas concentrations, ocean circulation, geodynamics, sea-level changes

Content
Glaciers and ice sheets: basic concepts; Ice deformation, stress and strain, constitutive relation; Perfect plasticity; Thermodynamics; Sliding, calving; Simple analytical models of glaciers and ice sheets; Numerical models; Mass balance, microclimate of glaciers; The Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets; Ice sheets, geodynamics and sea level; Climatic interpretation of glacier fluctuations; Climatic information from ice cores; Ice sheets and the long-term evolution of climate.
Competencies
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Entry requirements
You must meet the following requirements
  • Assigned study entrance permit for the master
Prerequisite knowledge
Calculus, continuum mechanics, introductory meteorology, programming
Required materials
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Recommended materials
Book
Fundamentals of Glacier Dynamics, C.J. van der Veen, Balkema
Book
Glaciers and Climate Change, Prof. J. Oerlemans
Software
Geen software nodig
Instructional formats
Lecture/seminar

Tests
Exam
Test weight100
Minimum grade5.5

Assessment
Written 3-hour final exam.

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