This course explores the physics and dynamics of glaciers and ice sheets. Course content includes glacier mass balance, the material properties and rheology of ice, the basic equations of ice-sheet and -shelf flow, basal processes, calving processes, the stability and history of ice sheets. These topics will be approached using mathematical physics, geophysical data, simple computer simulations, and large-scale ice sheet models. We also introduce the students to numerical methods for modeling glaciers, including the finite-element method and provide some elements of inverse problem theory.
ENGS 23 or MATH 23; and ENGS 33