ESS431: Principles of Glaciology


(ESS505, The Cryosphere)
University of Washington
Autumn, 2017

Questions on Assigned Reading to be answered and turned in at class before lecture starts.
Reading the assigned materials before each class will help you to understand the concepts in lectures. Please answer the assigned short questions based on the reading for each lecture, and turn in your responses (typically about one paragraph or a few bullet-points) to your TA at the start of each class.
We will not assign a numerical grade to each of your submissions. Each submission will be assigned a C/NC grade. To get a credit (C), we expect your submissions to reflect a reasonable perusal of the assigned reading materials (after all, we do have some standards). The number of submission credits will contribute toward your class-participation grade. Except in special circumstances, we will not accept submissions after the lecture begins. The point is to do this ahead of the class, after all.



Week 2 - Wednesday
Reading Questions - Physical Properties of Ice
Reading 1 - Marshall: Chapter 2
Reading 2 - Runnels 1966: Scientific American
Due:  Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017, at start of class.




Week 3 - Monday
Reading Questions - Accumulation I
Reading 1 - McClung: The Avalanche Handbook (21-31, 43-52)
Reading 2 - Marshall: Chapter 4 (65-72)
Due:  Monday, Oct. 9, 2017, at start of class.



Week 3 - Wednesday
Reading Questions - Accumulation II
Reading 1 - McClung: The Avalanche Handbook (52-72)
Reading 2 - Marshall: Chapter 4 (72-89)
Due:  Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017, at start of class.




Week 4 - Monday
Reading Questions - Ablation
Reading 1 - Cuffey and Paterson: The Physics of Glaciers (Ch. 5)
Due:  Monday, Oct. 16, 2017, at start of class.



Week 4 - Wednesday
Reading Questions - Ice Dynamics I: Ice Deformation
Reading 1 - Marshall: Chapter 6
Due:  Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017, at start of class.




Week 5 - Monday
Reading Questions - Ice Dynamics II: Ice Deformation
Reading 1 - Drewry 1986: (10-14, 20-32)
Due:  Monday, Oct. 23, 2017, at start of class.








Week 6 - Wednesday
Reading Questions - Recent Changes in the Cryosphere
Reading 1 - IPCC AR5
Due:  Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017, at start of class.









Week 9 - Wednesday
Reading Questions - Glacial Erosion
Reading 1 - Ritter, D.F., 1986: Process Geomorphology, Chapter 10.
Due:  Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, at start of class.




Week 10 - Monday
Reading Questions - Sea Ice I
Reading 1 - Marshall, S., 2012. The Cryosphere. Chapter 5, p.104–126.
Reading 1 - Maykut, G., 1985: An Introduction to Ice in the Polar Oceans. Report APL-UW 8510. p 1–42.
Also see the tutorial on sea ice at: http://www.nsidc.org/seaice/intro.html
Due:  Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, at start of class.


Week 10 - Wednesday
Reading Questions - Sea Ice II
Reading 1 - Maykut, G., 1985: An Introduction to Ice in the Polar Oceans. Report APL-UW 8510. p 78–92.
Reading 2 - Marshall, S., 2012. The Cryosphere. Chapter 5
Due:  Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017, at start of class.




Week 11 - Monday
Reading Questions - Permafrost
Reading 1 - Marshall, S., 2012. The Cryosphere.Chapter 7, p. 165–179.
Reading 2 - Lachenbruch, A.H., 2001: Permafrost. Oxford Encyclopedia of Global Change
Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2017.


Week 11 - Wednesday
Readings selected by students

Notes on answering Homework Questions