The Polar Regions are experiencing unprecedented changes over recent decades as a result of global warming. Sea ice is declining, permafrost is thawing, and glaciers are retreating and disappearing. These changes are having profound impacts in terrestrial, marine and atmospheric environments with implications to the global climatic system.
This course will review the past, present and future of the Polar Regions. Particularly, we will cover the history, geography, atmospheric and ocean circulations, terrestrial permafrost environments, ice sheets and the future state of the Arctic and Antarctic regions as projected by global climate models. In addition, we will study the role of Polar Regions in the earth’s system and the associated global climatic feedbacks.
GEOG 676 Polar Regions and Their Importance in the Global System
GEOG 120 Introduction to the Earth System
GEOG 475 Geospatial Technologies
Over recent years, technology has revolutionized the way we measure and observe the landscape over time and space. This course introduces the student to state-of-the-art technologies that capture the properties of the landscape which is critical to better characterize and understand environmental properties and change. Students will develop their skills in geospatial systems applicable to a variety of research and industry fields. This course includes an overview of Unmanned aerial systems (a.k.a drones), light detection and ranging (LiDAR), high-grade Differential GPS (DGPS), Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS), Virtual reality, optical sensors, geocaching and geotagging.