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Course Contents

• Recent advances in Physical Geography • Geomorphic processes and structures o Significance of Tectonic and Denudation processes in the evolution of landforms • Cryosphere and its importance o Earth’s snow cover o Permafrost o Climatic variations, climate and earth system modelling • Bio-geography o Bio-diversification and ecological equilibrium o Degradation of soils and ground water o Watershed management; high latitude and high-altitude problems • Climatic elements o Global Warming o Ozone Layer depletion o Major scenario of climate variability o Global climate change; major scenarios of climate change; o Sea surface temperature anomalies (El Niño/La Niña) o Variability in Jet streams and their effects on planetary circulation • Environmental Issue o Impacts of natural reservoirs on eco-systems

Course Synopsis

To evolve critical thinking amongst students on current issues related to physical phenomena on the earth. It will also facilitate the students to identify and utilize the physical resources for the betterment of the community.

Course Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to understand the physical phenomenon in relevance to climate change and environmental degradation from local to global scale or vice versa. Students will get an opportunity to execute their knowledge about physical geography in different institutes or agencies dealing with the planning and mitigation strategies.

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