ENV-525 / 4 credits

Teacher(s): Huwald Wolf Hendrik, Lehning Michael, Gaume Johan Alexandre Philippe

Language: English


Summary

This course covers principles of snow physics, snow hydrology, snow-atmosphere interaction and snow modeling. It transmits sound understanding of physical processes within the snow and at its interfaces with the atmosphere and the ground, including field, laboratory, and modeling techniques.

Content

Keywords

Snow, glaciology, cryosphere, avalanches, hydrology, atmospheric boundary layer, environmental physics

Learning Prerequisites

Recommended courses

ENV-167, ENV-221, ENG-272, ENV-320

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the student must be able to:

  • Analyze a snow cover and acting physical processes
  • Compute heat and mass fluxes related to snow
  • Apply a detailed snow cover model (SNOWPACK)
  • Formulate snow-air-ground exchange processes
  • Explain the evolution of a snow cover
  • Interpret a snow cover as a result of its genesis
  • Perform practical field work and measurements
  • Assess / Evaluate the role of snow in local and global climate

Teaching methods

Lectures, exercises (incl. computer labs), self-learning

Expected student activities

Active participation, individual work on exercises, group work where indicated

Assessment methods

40% Exercises (including model simulations)

60% Written exam (exam session)

Supervision

Office hours Yes
Assistants Yes

Resources

Bibliography

Armstrong, R.L., and E. Brun, (Eds.), 2008. Snow and climate, Cambridge University Press.

Barry, R.G., and T.Y. Gan, 2011. The global cryosphere, Cambridge University Press.

DeWalle, D.R., and A. Rango, 2008. Principles of snow hydrology, Cambridge University Press.

McClung, D., and P.A. Schaerer. The avalanche handbook. The Mountaineers Books, 2006.

Selected journal articles and other text books.

Ressources en bibliothèque

Moodle Link

In the programs

  • Semester: Fall
  • Exam form: Written (winter session)
  • Subject examined: Physics and hydrology of snow
  • Lecture: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Exercises: 1 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Semester: Fall
  • Exam form: Written (winter session)
  • Subject examined: Physics and hydrology of snow
  • Lecture: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Exercises: 1 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Semester: Fall
  • Exam form: Written (winter session)
  • Subject examined: Physics and hydrology of snow
  • Lecture: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Exercises: 1 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks

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