ESS 21: On Thin Ice: Climate Change and the Cryosphere (Winter 2014, UC Irvine). Instructor: Professor Julie Ferguson.

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ESS 21: On Thin Ice: Climate Change and the Cryosphere (Winter 2014, UC Irvine). Instructor: Professor Julie Ferguson.

The course introduces the science behind the physical and chemical processes of the cryosphere, specially examining the formation and behavior of snow, permafrost, glaciers, and ice sheets. Particular emphasis is placed on the important role that each component plays in the larger climate system and the potential feedbacks. The class ties into everyday life; what will be the social, economic, and political impacts of the melting cryosphere? How will the melting of mountain glaciers affect freshwater supplies to people around the Andes and Himalayas? Who will benefit from the loss of Arctic sea-ice, which opens up new shipping routes and allows access to new petroleum reserves?

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  • Lecture 01 – Introduction Unlimited
  • Lecture 02 – Tools for Studying Earth System Unlimited
  • Lecture 03 – What Controls Earth’s Global Temperature? Unlimited
  • Lecture 04 – Earth’s Climates Unlimited
  • Lecture 05 – Anthropogenic Climate Change Unlimited
  • Lecture 06 – Future Climate Change Unlimited
  • Lecture 07 – Snow Unlimited
  • Lecture 08 – Outlook for Snow Unlimited
  • Lecture 09 – Permafrost Unlimited
  • Lecture 10 – Permafrost and the Carbon Cycle Unlimited
  • Lecture 11 – Sea Ice, Part I Unlimited
  • Lecture 12 – Sea Ice, Part II Unlimited
  • Lecture 13 – Implications of Summer Sea-ice Free Arctic Unlimited
  • Lecture 14 – Formation of Glaciers, Ice Caps and Ice Sheets Unlimited
  • Lecture 15 – Glacier Mass Balance Unlimited
  • Lecture 16 – Measuring Glacier Mass Balance and Ice Dynamics Unlimited
  • Lecture 17 – Glacier Dynamics Unlimited
  • Lecture 18 – Surges, Tidewater Glaciers and Ice Shelves Unlimited
  • Lecture 19 – Glacial Landscapes Unlimited
  • Lecture 20 – Climate Records from Ice Sheets/Mountain Glaciers Unlimited
  • Lecture 21 – Ice Age World and Past Impact of Ice on Humans Unlimited
  • Lecture 22 – Melting Glaciers: Glacial Outburst Floods Unlimited
  • Lecture 23 – Melting Glaciers: Future of Water Supplies Unlimited
  • Lecture 24 – Sea Level Change Unlimited
  • Lecture 25 – Measuring Sea Level Change Unlimited
  • Lecture 26 – Consequences of Sea Level Change Unlimited

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