for GEOL 360/360L
Systems - 4 credits
Prerequisite(s): GEOL 260 and GEOL 260L
Offered each Fall Semester
Syllabus not yet posted
last updated 1/25/17
Geomorphic Systems is the study of landforms and landscapes in the context of interpreting both deep and near-surface earth processes. This view of the Monterey Submarine Canyon exemplifies the rish materials we will work with in the classroom and field
Office Hours: By appointment
Office: Rm. E207, Science Center (Bldg. 53)
Ph: (831) 582-4696
Lecture: Friday 9:00-11:50
Room E136, Science Center
Lab: Friday 12:00-2:50
Room E136, Science
Parking lot of Bldg. 13
1) KEY CONCEPTS IN GEOMORPHOLOGY 1st ED--link to e-book
2) Stream Channel Reference
Sites (Harrrelson et al., 1994) Free 5 megabyte pdf
Other Course Materials: Sturdy shoes/boots,
3H pencil (mechanical or wood), 3-4 colored pencils eraser, "Rite-in-the-rain"
field notebook, calculator, clipboard, small daypack, water bottle,
warm clothes, light rain gear (poncho or jacket).
"Geomorphic Systems" is the study
of deep and shallow Earth processes that integrate through time to shape
the landforms and landscapes that compose our physical environment. Once the link between
process and landscape is understood, then we can read the landscape
to interpret the present and past Earth processes active in a region.
The societal applications for that knowledge include land-use planning,
geologic hazard mapping, ecosystem restoration and predicting the effects
of global climate change.
Ecosystem restoration includes either reconstructing an equilibrium
landscape in a disturbed site, or encouraging the surface processes
that will form the equilibrium landscape over time. Therefore, the practice
of ecosystem restoration requires a fundamental understanding of the
intimate links between earth processes and the landforms they construct.
Global change affects rates and styles of geomorphic change, therefore,
we can read paleoclimate from the soils and landforms we study. This
course forms an essential bridge between ESSP 260 and the ESSP 460 series
as a student grows toward a working knowledge of ecosystem policy and
management. We will study together through individual and group fieldwork,
readings, discussion and lecture. The assessment of the course will
include a combination of practical exercises, examinations, field notes,
miscellaneous assignments, and a written/oral report recording a cleary defined
independent project accomplished during the semester.
This course fulfills part of the "Natural Science Competency" outcome for the Watershed Systems concentration of the Environmental Science (ESTP) major. It can also serve as an elective for any degree in the Division of Science and Environmental Policy.