We treat the processes that govern the dynamics of glaciers and ice sheets in time and space. These are important because they are intimately interacting with the climate of the Earth, consitute natural archives for climate variability and are among the primary indicators for climate change. The coupling between climate and glacier dynamics is very complex and embodies both direct and indirect couplings as well as delays. In the course we lay the foundations to understand these complex interactions.
The course is part (elective course) of the Master's Programme in Polar Landscapes and Quaternary Climate, but can also be read as a separate course.