Earth and Planetary Sciences 261. Sea Level Change

The physical processes responsible for sea level changes over time scales extending from hours to hundreds of millions of years. Long-term sea-level trends: geological observations, physical mechanisms and eustasy, dynamic topography. Sea-level change on an ice age Earth (glacial isostatic adjustment, GIA): observations, viscoelastic loading, mantle viscosity, the Last Glacial Maximum (LGM), interglacial sea-level change, ongoing GIA. Ocean tides: equilibrium and non-equilibrium effects, tidal dissipation. Modern global sea level change: tide gauge and geodetic observations, ice melting and thermal expansion, closing the sea-level budget, sea-level fingerprinting.

Prerequisite: Applied Mathematics 21a, b; Physics 11 (no longer offered),15, or Physical Sciences 12; or permission of instructor.

Note: Given in alternate years.








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