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Fall 2022 Earth and Environmental Sciences GR9920 section 001
Theory of Ice Sheet Dynamics
Theory of Ice Sheet Dynam

Call Number 18782
Day & Time
W 10:00am-12:00pm
Points 1
Grading Mode Pass/Fail
Approvals Required None
Instructor Jonathan Kingslake
Method of Instruction In-Person
Course Description This seminar will cover the fundamentals of the theory of ice-sheet dynamics. While the focus will be on viscous ice-sheet flow, we will cover heat flow, basal sliding, hydrology more briefly later in the semester. We will start from first-principles and introduce all the key concepts needed to build an ice flow model, including stress, strain, rheology, vector calculus, tensors, stress balance, mass conservation. We will use these concepts to derive the simplest possible ice flow models (e.g., assuming perfectly plastic rheology, the shallow ice approximation) and build in complexity from there. We will use these models to build intuition for the first-order dynamics of ice sheets, by examining them analytically and numerically where appropriate. We will use a similar approach for the other topics later in the semester. As well as a better understanding of ice-sheet dynamics, our aim will be to introduce students to mathematical modelling, demonstrating the overall approach, key concepts will nondimensionalization, and the power of simple models for understanding how natural systems work. We will also aim to build proper intuition for what partial differential equations and solutions to them really are. Many of these topics could be useful in areas outside glaciology and anyone interested is encouraged to join us.
Web Site Vergil
Department Earth and Environmental Sciences
Enrollment 6 students (15 max) as of 9:30PM Wednesday, December 7, 2022
Subject Earth and Environmental Sciences
Number GR9920
Section 001
Division Interfaculty
Campus Morningside
Note Meets at LDEO - Monell 205
Section key 20223EESC9920G001

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