General information

Course type AMUPIE
Module title Glacial Processes and Products
Language English
Module lecturer Piotr Hermanowski
Lecturer's email
Lecturer position adiunkt
Faculty Faculty of Geographical and Geological Sciences
Semester 2021/2022 (summer)
Duration 30


Module aim (aims)

Glacial processes have a multidisciplinary nature what makes them very difficult to study. Moreover, it is often impossible to observe many of glacial processes in modern environments so the only way to recognize and understand them is to study past glacial environments. The aim of the course is to show the complexity of glacial processes and their consequences represented by sediments and landforms. We will discuss processes occurring in different glacial environments with reference to palaeo- and present-day glaciers and ice sheets. Special interest will be put to subglacial processes which are still not fully understood, although they play a major role in terms of ice dynamics and consequently in ice mass balance.

Pre-requisites in terms of knowledge, skills and social competences (where relevant)

Basic knowledge in physical geology.


Reading list

Benn D.I., Evans D.J.A. 1998. Glaciers & Glaciations. Arnold, London.

Bennett M., Glasser N. 2009. Glacial Geology. Ice Sheets and Landforms. Wiley-Blackwell.

Evans D.J.A. 2002. Glacial Geology and Geomorphology. [In:] Meyers R.A. Encyclopedia of Physical Science and Technology. Academic Press: 719-751.

Hooke R.Leb. 2005. Principles of Glacier Mechanics. Second Edition. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.

Knight P.G. 2006. Glacier science and environmental change. Blackwell, Oxford.

Menzies J., van der Meer J.J.M. 2017. Past glacial environments. Second Edition. Elsevier, Amsterdam.

Paterson W.S.B. 1994. The Physics of Glacier. Third edition. Elsevier, Oxford.