Div.Earth System Sci.

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Graduate School of Environ. Sci.
Division of Earth System Science
Hokkaido University
N10W5 Sapporo
Hokkaido 060-0810

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Fundamental Lectures
Cold Region Sciences A short course of cryosphere science. Briefly introduce the life of snow and selected research topics relating to snow and ice.
Atmosphere-Ocean Physics To study the dynamics and the thermodynamics of the atmosphere and ocean for the purpose of understanding the structure, circulation and variability of the real atmosphere and ocean. To learn major phenomena in the atmosphere and ocean, and to understand their mechanisms.
Biogeochemistry Introductory course for graduate students in the Graduate School of Environmental Science. Lectures include chemical, physical and biological factors affecting abundance/distribution of chemical substances related to the climate change.
Advanced Courses
Paleoclimatology Lecture is given for understanding climate variations on various time scales and their mechanisms as well as various approaches to paleo-climate reconstructions, and for leaning the methodology of organic geochemistry in paleoclimate studies.
Ocean Biogeochemistry Lecture for chemical material cycle in the Ocean, role of the Ocean for earth system.
Ecosystems and Environments Lecture for sample analysis method and data analysis method for geochemistry and environmental chemistry.
Environmental Meteorology Understand the reason why clouds are essential for environment of the Earth. To learn about the atmospheric boundary layer that is the lowest atmospheric layer adjoining the earth's surface.
Polar Oceanography In the high-latitude oceans like the Arctic and Antarctic Oceans, Okhotsk Sea, and Greenland Sea, sea surface gets frozen in winter and sea ice forms. To understand the role of sea ice in the global climate system, lectures on sea ice property and polar ocean structure, and their relationships with the global ocean circulation will be presented.
Atmospheric Dynamics Students learn the basics of atmospheric dynamics and the dynamics of major disturbances and general circulation.
Ocean Dynamics Three dimensional structure of the ocean circulation and its mechanism is lectured from a point of view of PV.
Climate Dynamics To provide with an understanding of climate system and its variability, we will study energy balance and energy transport in the climate system and interactions among ocean, land and atmosphere.
Climate Modeling Basis of the finite difference method and introductions to atmospheric and ocean models.
Geophysical Fluid Dynamics This lecture gives fundamentals of fluid dynamics and rotating fluid dynamics which are necessary for understanding the dynamics of atmospheric and oceanic phenomena.
Atmospheric and Oceanographic Data Analysis To learn statistical methods that are frequently applied to the data of atmospheric and oceanic observations and model outputs.
Remotesensing Applications To study techniques and applications of the remote sensing of the earth environment.
Glacier/Ice Sheet Science (Dynamics of Glacier/Ice Sheet) In this lecture, based on the general framework of continuum-mechanical balance equations, the dynamics and thermodynamics of ice sheets (including attached ice shelves) and glaciers will be treated.
Glacier/Ice Sheet Science Recent changes in glaciers and ice sheets are used as an indicator of global climate change. However, retreat or advance of glaciers is difficult to predict because of its complex interaction with external environment. To better understand the evolution of glaciers and ice sheets, we study glacial processes which control their changes, e.g. mass balance, ice flow, glacier climatology and hydrology, in this lecture.
Hydrologic Cycle in Cryosphere Understanding of the basic ideas of heat balance, snow distribution, runoff mechanism of snowmelt water and hydrologic cycle in cryosphere.
Meteorology and Climate in Cold Regions To study the influence of earth's surface (land; ocean; sea-ice) on meteorological processes and climate in cold regions and the resulting climate in polar regions.
Applied Snow Science Learn snow- and ice- phenomena closely related to human life.
Special lectures
Earth System Sience I Selected topics related to earth system sciences by guest lecturers.
Earth System Sience II Selected topics related to earth system sciences by guest lecturers.
Earth System Sience III Selected topics related to earth system sciences by guest lecturers.
Earth System Sience IV Selected topics related to earth system sciences by guest lecturers.
Field works, Methods, Seminars, and Research
Field Work in Earth System Science I Learning of field observation, analytical method and data analysis in chemical oceanography and paleoenvironment.
Field Work in Earth System Science II To learn field observation methods and labolatory work for global environmental science and paleoclimatology. To develop practical and observational abilities.
Field studies in Cryosphere To study the techniques of field measurements in cryospheric environment. To learn the importance and changes of the cryosphere through activities in the field.
Methods of Earth System Science I This class gives basic techniques for researches in atmosphere-ocean physics and climate dynamics.
Methods of Earth System Science II This class gives an oppotunity to learn advanced techniques and/or knowledge which are necessary for studying atmosphere-ocean physics and climate dynamics.
Seminar in Earth System Science I Understanding recent progress in relation to master's thesis.
Seminar in Earth System Science II To understand the wide background of studies related to doctoral thesis.
Research in Earth System Science I (for Master's Thesis) To accomplish a master’s thesis and present the results.
Research in Earth System Science II (for Doctoral Dissertation)Doctoral dissertation.

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