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Quaternary Climate and Environmental Reconstructions

  • 15 credits

The course deals with methods for biological, physical and chemical analyses of natural archives for reconstructing climate and environmental changes during the Quaternary.

You will learn about qualitative as well as quantitative methods. The course covers both general principles of climate- and environmental reconstructions and selected archives which we will discuss in great detail. Apart from “hands-on” expertise on how to analyze different archives, you will also learn about the statistical treatment and interpretation of proxy data.

The course is part (elective course) of the Master's Programme in Polar Landscapes and Quaternary Climate, but it can also be taken as a separate course

  • Course structure


    1. Theory, 5 credits
    2. Practical analysis, 10 credits

    Teaching format

    Instruction consists of lectures, laboratory work, seminars and exercises.


    For details see syllabus.


    Britta Sannel

  • Schedule

    This is a preliminary schedule and is subject to continuous change. For this reason, we do not recommend print-outs. At the start of the course, your institution will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.
  • Contact

    Registration is normally done at the beginning of each semester. 

    Student office
    Kerstin Hörnby

    Study counsellor
    Maria Damberg

    Course responsible
    Britta Sannel