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Pfeffer, W. Tad Professor

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  • W. Tad Pfeffer is a glaciologist whose research is focused on glacier mechanics and dynamics, on dynamics of ocean-ending glaciers, and glacier contributions to sea level. Over the past 30 years he has worked mostly on field and experimental projects aimed at discovering the processes underlying glacier motion and response to environmental forcing. More recently, starting with his participation with the Snow, Ice, Water, and Permafrost (SWIPA) assessment (2007-2011), he has moved into assessment, guidance, and science policy. He served (2010-2014) as a Lead Author in Working Group I for the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). During 2015-2016 he served as a Jefferson Science Fellow in Washington, DC, assigned to the Bureau for Europe and Eurasia.

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  • Glacier mechanics and dynamics, sea level rise, adaptation to sea level rise, Geologic hazards, geotechnical engineering, architecture and architectural history, science policy

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Teaching

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  • CVEN 2012 - Introduction to Geomatics
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Summer 2019 / Fall 2019
    Presents basic techniques of land and construction surveying, including measurement of position, elevation, orientation and length of lines, area, volume and layout calculations. Optical, GPS and GIS equipment and methods are included.
  • CVEN 4718 - Mechanics and Dynamics of Glaciers
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Develops a quantitative physical basis for understanding the functions of snow, ice and glaciers in the environment, with emphasis on developing an understanding of continuum mechanics and thermodynamics and their application to Earth systems. Same as CVEN 5718.
  • CVEN 4899 - Civil Engineering Senior Project Design
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Provides a simulated real world design and construction planning experience where teams integrate across multiple civil engineering sub-disciplines to create a solution that satisfies multiple constraints, including design, client requirements, budget, schedule, technical, regulatory, and societal. Final deliverables include: detailed design drawings, specifications, cost estimate, project schedule, construction plan, oral and written presentation.
  • CVEN 5718 - Mechanics and Dynamics of Glaciers
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Develops a quantitative physical basis for understanding the functions of snow, ice and glaciers in the environment, with emphasis on developing an understanding of continuum mechanics and thermodynamics and their application to Earth systems. Same as CVEN 4718.
  • CVEN 5838 - Special Topics
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    May be repeated up to 12 total credit hours.

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