Undergraduate Course: Eroding Landscapes: Mountains, Hills and Rivers (GEGR10094)
|School||School of Geosciences
||College||College of Science and Engineering
||Availability||Available to all students
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
|Home subject area||Geography
||Other subject area||None
||Taught in Gaelic?||No
|Course description||Hills and mountains are continuously being denuded and dissected by erosional processes. In non-glaciated landscapes sediment is produced on hillslopes, delivered to channels, and eventually transported to basins. In this course, students will be introduced to the processes that sculpt these upland regions. The processes and their feedbacks will be analysed at different scales, from particles to mountain ranges and from single transport events (e.g. landslide, flood) to geological time scales. Theoretical, experimental (analogical and numerical) and field studies constitute the basis of this course. Lectures, practicals, numerical modelling exercises and field work will allow students to understand and quantify hillslope and fluvial processes and to gain knowledge on the interactions between these processes and on their relative importance in driving landscape evolution.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
|| It is RECOMMENDED that students have passed
||Other requirements|| None
|Additional Costs|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?||Yes
Course Delivery Information
|Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 1, Available to all students (SV1)
||Learn enabled: Yes
|Class Delivery Information
||The course includes a one day fieldtrip.
|Course Start Date
|Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 22,
Feedback/Feedforward Hours 2,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info)
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S1 (December)||2:00|
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
|This course aims to provide students with a detailed, integrated knowledge of the physics and dynamics of erosion and landscape evolution in non-glaciated landscapes. At the end of the course, students should have acquired the following:
Subject specific learning objectives:
1. A detailed understanding of the physical processes involved in fluvial and hill slope erosion
2. A critical understanding of how local erosional processes act and interact to sculpt landscapes at catchment, mountain range and continental scales
3. An ability to quantify both fluvial and hill slope processes in terms of mass conservation, and use this ability to make predictions about future behaviour of landscapes
4. A knowledge of the tools that modern geomorphologist use to analyse these processes (e.g., topographic analysis, numerical modelling) and how understanding in this field is developed.
Transferable skill-learning objectives:
1. Have further developed their ability to produce a written report and make judgements based on information from a range of sources (some of which may be limited) e.g., field measurements, applied models and library research
2. Have acquired the ability to apply theoretical and numerical techniques to real world research questions based on a detailed knowledge of the subject which has been informed by recent, forefront developments
3. Have further developed their ability to critically review and consolidate knowledge and thinking in a discipline.
|Class assessment: practicals and computer exercises.|
Degree assessment: essays/projects (40%) and examination (60%).
Overall mark for the course (ie degree coursework and examinations) of at least 40%
||Students should be aware there is a one day fieldtrip as part of the course.
||Anderson R.S. and Anderson S.P. (2010), Geomorphology: the mechanics and chemistry of landscapes, Cambridge Univ. Press, ISBN 0-521-51978-6. (if there's one book that you want to buy, it's this one!)
Burbank D.W. and Anderson R.S. (2001), Tectonic Geomorphology, Blackwell, ISBN 0-632-04386-5.
Carson M.A. and Kirkby M.J. (1972). Hillslope form and process, Cambridge Univ. Press, ISBN 0-521-08234-X.
Knighton D. (1998), Fluvial Forms and Processes: A New Perspective, Hodder Arnold, ISBN 0-340-66313-8.
Tinkler K.J. and Wohl E.E. (1998), Rivers over rock, AGU Geophysical monograph 107, ISBN 0-87590-090-0.
Willett S.D., Hovius N., Brandon M.T. and Fisher D.M. (2006), Tectonics, Climate and Landscape Evolution, GSA special paper 398, ISBN 0-8137-2398-1.
Particularly useful Journals include Journal of Geophysical Research, Geology, Nature, Nature Geoscience, Science, Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, Geomorphology, Water Resources Research and Geophysical Research Letters
|Keywords||Erosion, hillslopes, rivers, sediment, physical and chemical processes
|Course organiser||Dr Mikael Attal
Tel: (0131 6)50 8533
|Course secretary||Miss Beth Muir
Tel: (0131 6)50 9847
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