ESCI  551

Snow Science Seminar

http://www.homepage.montana.edu/~uessc/esci551/ESCI551SnowScienceSyllabus.html
Autumn Semester 2008
Steve Custer
Office Hours
e-mail: uessc@montana.edu; Phone 6906
101 Traphagen Hall
Reading List
Mon Date Day Topic Reading  Student Leader
Sep 01 M
Holiday


 




Sep 08
M
Introduction

 




Sep 15
M
GIS Modeling
Note:  Custer will be out of town at a meeting
Please attend and discuss.  Alternate Instructor
McCollister, et al. 2004  (McCollister, 2004) Chesley
 




 Sep 22 M
ISSW WHISTLER
  








 Sep 29
M
Wet Snow
Trautman, 2007
Peitzsch, Carr, Bruckner






 Oct 06
M
Wet Snow
 Williams et. al., 1999;
(Kattleman and Dozier 1999)
Montross
 




Oct
13
M
ISSW Group. 

Peitzsch, Chesley, Borish
 




Oct 20
M
Avalanche Probability
McClung and Mears, 1991; McClung and Shearer, 2007, p.....
Bruckner
 




Oct  27
M
Avalanche Probability
McClung, 2000 and 2003
Chesley, Abrahamson,
Carr






Nov 03 M
Near Surface Facets
Cooperstein, 2008
Borish; Montross,
Chesley
 




 Nov 10 M
Near Surface Facets
Fukizawa, 1993; Hood, 2005 Carr
 




 Nov 17 M
Fracture Propagation
TBA (Erich please provide)
Peitzsch
 


 
Nov 24 M
Surface Hoar
Hachikubo and Akitaya. 1997b;
(Holler, 1998)
Abrahamson, Bruckner,
Montross
 


 
Dec 01 M
Surface Hoar
Birkeland et al., 2004; (Jamieson and Schweizer 2000).  Borish
 




 Dec 08
M
Avalanche Climate
Mock and Birkeland, 2000
Abrahamson



OR  Spatial Variability -- Surface Hoar
Feick et al., 2007
Abrahamson







Please Turn off your cell phone when you come to class.

Reading

This seminar is based upon journal articles, theses, and proceedings articles.   The references are provided to you on a CD. You may read them on the computer or if you prefer, print them so you have a hard copy you can read.  Some of the papers have color images.  If you prefer reading the papers in hard copy but want to save money, one strategy that you might consider is to print the paper in black and white and read it near a computer so you can look at the color photographs.
Each week one graduate student will be responsible for identifying and reporting on an article in they have found in this year's  volume of a Journal that commonly has papers on Snow.

Course Grade

This is a seminar course.  Attendance is required and will be taken at each class.  You will be responsible for leading several seminars.  Your grade will be based upon presence in the seminar each week, participation in the seminar, the quality of your participation in the seminar, and the quality of your leadership in the seminar.  I am interested in big ideas and main points rather than minutia.   The class cannot function unless you have read the material BEFORE class.  Persistent absense from class or persistent evidence of lack of preparation for class will result in course failure.  


Last modified by Steve Custer 8 September 2008