EARTH 517 - Tectonics and Earth Surface Processes
Section: 001
Term: FA 2017
Subject: Earth and Environmental Sciences (EARTH)
Department: LSA Earth & Environmental Sciences
Credits:
4
Waitlist Capacity:
99
Advisory Prerequisites:
MATH 215 or above. Some MATLAB and GIS experience.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

A course in plate tectonics and surface processes intended for graduate students in geology or related environmental and engineering fields. Key course concepts include the generation of topography and its evolution on million year to decadal timescales due to erosion.

This course focuses on the interplay between climate, tectonics and erosion, which is a fundamental Earth system that shapes topography and controls the availability of rock and soil for transport by slope failures (landsliding), river and glacial processes. In this course, we will explore several key concepts concerning the generation of both sub-continental scale and watershed-scale topography by tectonic and geodynamic processes, and its evolution on million year to decadal timescales due to erosion.

Concepts and evidence treated in this course come from a wide range of sub-disciplines in the geosciences, including sedimentology, geomorphology, geophysics tectonics, geodynamics, hydrology and environmental science. As such, the course provides a broad-based preparation for qualifying exams. This course combines lecture and student-led discussion of relevant scientific literature, and assigned labs and exercises. Lab exercises will involve use of MATLAB and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) programs in order to provide hands-on experience with interpretation of relevant datasets.

Intended Audience:

Graduate students in geology or related environmental and engineering fields

Class Format:

3 hours lecture and discussion per week, plus lab exercises using MATLAB and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) programs

EARTH 517 - Tectonics and Earth Surface Processes
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001 (LEC)
P
31847
Open
12
 
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MW 8:30AM - 10:00AM
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