This biannual learning unit is being organized in 2020-2021
At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :
a. Contribution of the teaching unit to the learning outcomes of the programme (PHYS2M and PHYS2M1)
1.1, 1.2, 1.5
2.3, 2.4, 2.5
3.1, 3.2, 3.3
5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4
6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 6.5
7.1, 7.2, 7.3, 7.4, 7.5, 7.6
b. Specific learning outcomes of the teaching unit
At the end of this teaching unit, the student will be able to :
1. describe the major large-scale thermodynamic and dynamic sea ice processes and the main interactions between sea ice and atmosphere and ocean ; 2. model the large-scale sea ice thermodynamics and dynamics based on observations made in polar regions ; 3. asses the performance of a large-scale sea ice model ; 4. argue about the sea ice recent variability and futures changes.
- General characteristics of sea ice
- Formation, growth and properties of sea ice
- Sea ice thermodynamics
- Sea ice kinematics and dynamics
- Sea ice thickness distribution
- Snow on top of sea ice
- The polar atmosphere and its interactions with sea ice
- The Arctic and Southern Oceans and their interactions with sea ice
- Sea ice in global climate models
- Sea ice recent variability and future changes
Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information in this section is particularly likely to change.Lectures and/or flipped classroom.
Sea ice modelling project conducted in group.
The slides presented during the theoretical course are available on MoodleUCL.
Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information in this section is particularly likely to change.Oral and written presentation of a modelling project (65% of the final mark).
Questions during the oral presentation of the project on the topics addressed in the theoretical course that are related to the project (35% of the final mark).
If the sanitary conditions deteriorate, the modalities of teaching and evaluation will be reassessed according to the situation and the rules in force.
Untersteiner, N. (Ed.), 1986 : The Geophysics of Sea Ice. NATO ASI Series, Series B : Physics Vol. 146, Plenum Press, New York, 1196 pp.