Paleo-climatology is the study of earth’s climate history from the deep past to recent climate change. It spotlights changes on geological time scales as well as variations over glacial-interglacial cycles, and recent human induced changes. There is a particular focus on the climate archives in the large polar ice sheets and the geological record. The student will get acquainted with reading the paleo-climate archives, and judging their uncertainties.
The goal of the course is to provide an introduction to and general knowledge of what can be learned from paleo-climate archives about global and regional climate on timescales from a few thousand to millions of years. The course will bring the student up to date with new records of past climate and their interpretation. The course provides the background for a critical view on man made climate change.
MSc Programme in Climate Change
MSc Programme in Environmental Science
MSc Programme in Physics
- Describe the current state of knowledge on past climate change at ta variety of time scales.
- Understand the main drivers of climate change in the past including the astronomically driven changes in solar radiation and the impacts of changes in the carbon cycle.
- Provide an overview of the usefulness of different paleoclimate archives.
- Understand the importance of comparing different paleo records.
- Make a simple description of a climate record.
- Understand paleo climate terminology and be able to use the terminology to communicate with paleo-climate scientists.
- Make first order explanations of complex interactions of the earth system influencing the climate.
- Synthesize climate information from various sources.
- Understand the difference between global and regional climate change.
- Have a perception of natural climate variations and the superimposed human influence on climate.
See Absalon for final course material. The following is an example of expected course litterature.
William F. Ruddiman: Earth’s Climate, past and future. W.H. Freeman.
Academic qualifications equivalent to a BSc degree is recommended.
- 7,5 ECTS
- Type of assessment
Written assignment, 24 hours
- Type of assessment details
- The candidates will be assigned a topic on which they have to
write a report.
The individual report is to be 1000-2500 words during a 24 hour take home exam.
Relevant figures and references are not to be included in the report but are to be added in an appendix.
- All aids allowed
- Marking scale
- 7-point grading scale
- Censorship form
- No external censorship
two internal examiners
Criteria for exam assessment
see learning outcome
Single subject courses (day)
- Course number
- 7,5 ECTS
- Programme level
- Full Degree Master
- Block 1
The number of seats may be reduced in the late registration period
- Study Board of Physics, Chemistry and Nanoscience
- The Niels Bohr Institute
- Department of Geoscience and Natural Resource Management
- Faculty of Science
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