Mountain Ranges and High Plateaus
Their underlying geodynamic processes and their interactions with climate dynamics

Graduate Summer School
August 16 - 29, 2015


Camp Davis Rocky Mountain Field Station
13405 S. Bryan Flat Road
Jackson, WY  83001
(307) 733-3091
The goal of this summer school is to acquaint students with the basics of both how high terrain is built and how such terrain interacts with climate on local to global scales. Emphasis will be on basic concepts that lay the foundation for advanced research topics at the interface between continental dynamics and climate.

Topics to be covered include: modern methods for dating and quantifying 
mountain building, including thermochronometry, paleo-altimetry; large-scale deformation of the lithosphere; the role of mantle dynamics in 
deformation; orographic precipitation, building on basics of cloud processes and microphysics; influence of high terrain on local, regional, and global circulation; 
lee cyclogenesis; and monsoon dynamics. A unifying theme will be stable isotopes of hydrogen, oxygen, and carbon, including processes by which they are fractionated, their transport by atmosphere both on small (convective) and global scales, and their use as a paleoclimtic proxy and a 
tool in paleo-altimetry.