ESS 21: On Thin Ice - Climate Change and the Cryosphere (English)

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In recent decades we have observed a significant reduction of the cryosphere due to anthropogenic climate change. The observed and predicted changes in the extent and amount of snow and ice will have major impacts on climate, ecosystems and human populations both at a local and global scale. This course will introduce students to the science behind climate change as well as the physical and chemical processes that govern components of the cryosphere, including snow, permafrost, sea ice, glaciers and ice sheets. Particular emphasis will be placed on the important role that each component plays in the larger climate system and potential feedbacks. We will also examine some of the social, economic and political impacts that the melting cryosphere will have on countries around the Arctic and also worldwide, such as access to new petroleum reserves, infrastructure damage due to melting permafrost, sea level rise and decreases in freshwater availability.
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Chapter 1: ESS 21: On Thin Ice - Climate Change and the Cryosphere (English)

  • Lesson 1
    ESS 21. Lec 01. On Thin Ice…
    46:42
  • Lesson 2
    ESS 21. Lec 02. On Thin Ice…
    44:28
  • Lesson 3
    ESS 21. Lec 03. On Thin Ice…
    42:56
  • Lesson 4
    ESS 21. Lec 04. On Thin Ice…
    45:24
  • Lesson 5
    ESS 21. Lec 05. On Thin Ice…
    47:08
  • Lesson 6
    ESS 21. Lec 06. On Thin Ice…
    47:15
  • Lesson 7
    ESS 21. Lec 07. On Thin Ice…
    49:39
  • Lesson 8
    ESS 21. Lec 08. On Thin Ice…
    41:58
  • Lesson 9
    ESS 21. Lec 09. On Thin Ice…
    41:19
  • Lesson 10
    ESS 21. Lec 10. On Thin Ice…
    45:37
  • Lesson 11
    ESS 21. Lec 11. On Thin Ice…
    46:32
  • Lesson 12
    ESS 21. Lec 12. On Thin Ice…
    41:13
  • Lesson 13
    ESS 21. Lec 13. On Thin Ice…
    44:27
  • Lesson 14
    ESS 21. Lec 14. On Thin Ice…
    43:26
  • Lesson 15
    ESS 21. Lec 15. On Thin Ice…
    46:07
  • Lesson 16
    ESS 21. Lec 16. On Thin Ice…
    44:46
  • Lesson 17
    ESS 21. Lec 17. On Thin Ice…
    48:25
  • Lesson 18
    ESS 21. Lec 18. On Thin Ice…
    45:11
  • Lesson 19
    ESS 21. Lec 19. On Thin Ice…
    40:10
  • Lesson 20
    ESS 21. Lec 20. On Thin Ice…
    45:34
  • Lesson 21
    ESS 21. Lec 21. On Thin Ice…
    40:30
  • Lesson 22
    ESS 21. Lec 22. On Thin Ice…
    43:29
  • Lesson 23
    ESS 21. Lec 23. On Thin Ice…
    39:34
  • Lesson 24
    ESS 21. Lec 24. On Thin Ice…
    48:37
  • Lesson 25
    ESS 21. Lec 25. On Thin Ice…
    44:34
  • Lesson 26
    ESS 21. Lec 26. On Thin Ice…
    41:06

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