651-4902-00L  Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology of the Alps

SemesterFrühjahrssemester 2021
DozierendeS. Ivy Ochs, N. Akçar, U. H. Fischer
Periodizitätjährlich wiederkehrende Veranstaltung
KommentarGeography and Earth System Sciences students UZH may attend the lecture but will have to pay the full amount for the excursion (no subsidies from UZH).


651-4902-00 VQuaternary Geology and Geomorphology of the Alps
In addition Field trip
2 Std.
Mo08:15-10:00NO E 39 »
S. Ivy Ochs, N. Akçar, U. H. Fischer


KurzbeschreibungAfter a brief introduction to the scientific principles of glaciology, we survey the present state of knowledge on Pleistocene glacial periods and post-glacial landscape modification in the Alps. Emphasis is on understanding modes of formation of landscape elements attributable to glacial, glaciofluvial, periglacial, fluvial, hillslope, and mass wasting processes.
LernzielThrough a combination of lectures, classroom practical exercises, and field mapping of Quaternary landforms, an intuitive understanding of the formation and evolution of the landscape of the Alps and the forelands will be built up.
We focus on development of the following skills: landform recognition on remote imagery and in the field; depositional process identification based on sediment characterization; reconstruction of valley-scale geomorphological evolutionary sequences.
InhaltThe following topics will be covered: glacier mass and energy balance; glacier motion; glacier hydrology; glacial erosion; glacial sediment balance; piedmont and valley glacier landsystems; till formation; glaciofluvial sediments; alluvial and debris-flow fan processes; Alpine rock slope failure landform/sediment associations; Alpine Quaternary stratigraphy; long-term uplift and denudation of the Alps.
SkriptSlides from the lectures will be made available.
LiteraturLists of key scientific articles will be given for each topic.
Relevant scientific articles will be distributed during the course.
Voraussetzungen / BesonderesStudents registering for the course confirm having read and accepted the terms and conditions for excursions and field courses of D-ERDW Link

Required attendance at lectures and excurisions (several 1-day excursions during the semester and one 3-day field mapping session during the summer).

Geography and Earth System Sciences students UZH may attend this excursion at full costs (no subsidies from UZH).

Grading will be a combination of classroom participation, student presentations, practical exercises, field reports, and field maps from the excursions.


Information zur Leistungskontrolle (gültig bis die Lerneinheit neu gelesen wird)
Leistungskontrolle als Semesterkurs
ECTS Kreditpunkte3 KP
PrüfendeS. Ivy Ochs, N. Akçar, U. H. Fischer
Formbenotete Semesterleistung
RepetitionRepetition ohne erneute Belegung der Lerneinheit möglich.


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PlätzeMaximal 20
VorrangDie Belegung der Lerneinheit ist bis 15.02.2021 nur durch die primäre Zielgruppe möglich
Primäre ZielgruppeErdwissenschaften MSc (660000)
Applied Geophysics MSc (662000)
Doktorat Erdwissenschaften (664002)
Doktorat Erdwissenschaften ETH-UZH (665000)
Doktorat Erdwissenschaften UZH-ETH (665100)
Erd- und Klimawissenschaften (Mobilität) (674000)
WartelisteBis 20.02.2021
BelegungsendeBelegung nur bis 21.03.2021 möglich

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