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651-4057-00L  Climate History and Palaeoclimatology

SemesterAutumn Semester 2016
LecturersS. Bernasconi, B. Ausin Gonzalez, A. Fernandez Bremer, A. Gilli
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish



Catalogue data

AbstractThe course "Climate history and paleoclimatology gives an overview on climate through geological time and it provides insight into methods and tools used in paleoclimate research.
ObjectiveThe student will have an understanding of evolution of climate and its major forcing factors -orbital, atmosphere chemistry, tectonics- through geological time. He or she will understand interaction between life and climate and he or she will be familiar with the use of most common geochemical climate "proxies", he or she will be able to evaluate quality of marine and terrestrial sedimentary paleoclimate archives. The student will be able to estimate rates of changes in climate history and to recognize feedbacks between the biosphere and climate.
ContentClimate system and earth history - climate forcing factors and feedback mechanisms of the geosphere, biosphere, and hydrosphere.

Geological time, stratigraphy, geological archives, climate archives, paleoclimate proxies

Climate through geological time: "lessons from the past"

Cretaceous greenhouse climate

The Late Paleocene Thermal Maximum (PETM)

Cenozoic Cooling

Onset and Intensification of Southern Hemisphere Glaciation

Onset and Intensification of Northern Hemisphere Glaciation

Pliocene warmth

Glacial and Interglacials

Millennial-scale climate variability during glaciations

The last deglaciation(s)

The Younger Dryas

Holocene climate - climate and societies

Performance assessment

Performance assessment information (valid until the course unit is held again)
Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits3 credits
ExaminersA. Gilli, B. Ausin Gonzalez, S. Bernasconi, A. Fernandez Bremer
Typeend-of-semester examination
Language of examinationEnglish
RepetitionA repetition date will be offered in the first two weeks of the semester immediately consecutive.
Additional information on mode of examinationFinal grade:
30% student presentation
70% end-of-semester exam

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Courses

NumberTitleHoursLecturers
651-4057-00 GClimate History and Palaeoclimatology2 hrs
Fri10-12NO E 39 »
S. Bernasconi, B. Ausin Gonzalez, A. Fernandez Bremer, A. Gilli

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Offered in

ProgrammeSectionType
Atmospheric and Climate Science MasterClimate Processes and FeedbacksWInformation
Atmospheric and Climate Science MasterClimate History and PaleoclimatologyWInformation
Earth Sciences MasterPalaeoclimatology: Compulsory CoursesW+Information
Earth Sciences MasterGeochemistry: Courses of ChoiceWInformation
Earth Sciences MasterBiogeochemistry: Courses of ChoiceWInformation
Environmental Sciences MasterClimate Processes and FeedbacksWInformation
Environmental Sciences MasterClimate History and PaleoclimatologyWInformation