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Quaternary Climate and Environmental Reconstructions

Natural archives like lake sediments, peat and tree rings are important for climate and environmental reconstructions over time.

Information for admitted students Spring 2021

Congratulations! You have been admitted at Stockholm University and we hope that you will enjoy your studies with us.

In order to ensure that your studies begin as smoothly as possible we have compiled a short checklist for the beginning of the semester.

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This course focuses on methods for biological, physical and chemical analyses of natural archives for reconstructing climate and environmental changes, particularly during the Holocene. You will learn about qualitative as well as quantitative methods. The course covers both general principles of climate- and environmental reconstructions, and some selected archives which we will discuss in detail.

During this course you will get extensive “hands-on” lab expertise on how to analyze different archives, including the methods dendroclimatology, pollen, diatom and plant macrofossil analysis. You will also learn about 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

Planned teaching (methods) for the course, linked to Covid-19 and the Swedish Public Health Agency's recommendations, will be presented at the Department's website on December 15.  

Natural peat archive. Photo Britta Sannel.
Natural peat archive. Photo Britta Sannel.
  • 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

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department 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