Marine sediments from continental margins and the ocean floor provide
valuable information on past changes in climate and ocean circulation.
The course Marine Geology and Palaeoclimatology aims to provide insight
into the processes and mechanisms which have ultimately resulted in the
present day distribution of various types of marine deposits. Students
will learn how environmental and climate changes are and were recorded
in marine environments and how marine deposits may vary - in geographic
distribution, shape and composition - as a function of environmental and
palaeoclimate changes at millennial to Milankovitch scales.
At the end of this course, the student will
- Have state-of-the-art knowledge on marine sampling techniques and
various types of marine deposits and records;
- be able to interpret and understand various types of marine
palaeoclimate (proxy) data;
- be able to critically evaluate and present scientific literature
related to the field of palaeo-oceanography and palaeoclimatology,
including links to ice-core records.
The course deals with the sedimentology, geochemistry and stratigraphy
of marine deposits and records.
The focus is on those processes relevant for understanding how
climate/environmental change is recorded in the different palaeoclimate
archives. The course will target seasonal to Milankovitch climate
archive studies, including the climate phenomena and processes that act
on such time scales.
Form of tuition
Lectures, literature study, group discussions
Type of assessment
Written exam (80%), student presentations (20%)
Lecture notes, selected papers.
Climate Systems (450185)
Recommended background knowledge
Bachelor courses: Terrestrial environments (450097), Climate Science
(450240); Master courses: Modern Climate Systems (450185), Modern Geo-
AM_ES 1, AM_ES-ESE 1, AM_ES-EDU 1, AM_ES-SC 1, AM_ES-ESP 1