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Introduction to Glaciology and Sea-Ice. QAS501


The purpose of this unit is to introduce students to the role of the cryosphere in the global climate system and to fundamental glaciological concepts. This will include the transformation of snow to ice, mass balance, ice flow, properties of glacier ice, ice core studies, sea-ice mass balance, sea-ice dynamics, sea-ice ecosystems, ocean-ice-atmosphere interaction, and remote sensing techniques. The student will learn basic concepts of relevance to the mass-budget of major polar ice sheets, principles of ice core palaeoclimate, controls on sea-ice volume, and be exposed to analytical, numerical and computational tools.


Unit name Introduction to Glaciology and Sea-Ice.
Unit code QAS501
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
Institute for Marine & Antarctic Studies
Discipline Oceans and Cryosphere
Coordinator Doctor Simon Wotherspoon
Delivered By University of Tasmania


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