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Alison R Duvall
ESS 590
Seattle Campus

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Class description

This course is designed as an advanced-level survey of tectonic geomorphology topics suitable for upper-level undergraduate and graduate students. Tectonic geomorphology is the study of the interplay between tectonic and surface processes that shape the landscape in regions of active deformation and at time scales ranging from days to millions of years. Over the past decade, recent advances in the quantification of both rates and the physical basis of tectonic and surface processes have underpinned an explosion of new research in the field of tectonic geomorphology (excerpt from Burbank and Anderson (2011).

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

We will spend our class time with a mix of lecture, student-led discussion of relevant papers, and in-class labs and exercises. The lectures will be based loosely on the Burbank and Anderson textbook "Tectonic Geomorphology, second edition" with additional information from other sources. Paper discussions will focus on cutting edge techniques and/or hot topics such as landscape evolution in active tectonic settings, climate-tectonics-erosion links, and orogenic plateau development. In class exercises/lab assignments will include GIS analysis, numerical modeling of landscape evolution, and modeling of thermochronometry data. The major class project will be a written research proposal on a topic of the student's choice as well as a short oral presentation about the proposed project. There will be no exams in this class.

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Alison R Duvall
Date: 12/31/2013