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Climate Change - a geological perspective, Introductory Course

"Climate change – a geological perspective is a popular science course about the geological processes which control Earth’s climate and about how the climate has changed throughout Earth’s history.

Dry soil. Photo: Barbara Wohlfarth

Course period summer 2021: The course starts June 21 (incorrect study period in the right column).

The rapidity of ongoing global warming will be viewed in the context of geological time. Geological climate change solutions (e.g. carbon capture storage) will also be covered in the course. Course participants will learn about some of the latest research on climate which is being done at Stockholm University.

Course period spring 2021: The course is read entirely by distance and at a pace that suits you. After you have been formally accepted, you will receive a welcome letter with specific information about deadlines (incorrect study period in the right column).

Link to course webpage

  • Course structure


    Course grades will be based on a written/oral exam in the end of the course.

    Grades will be set according to a seven-point scale related to the learning objectives of the course:

    A = Excellent
    B= Very good
    C = Good
    D = Satisfactory
    E = Adequate
    Fx = Fail, some additional work required
    F = Fail, much additional work required.

    The grading criteria will be distributed at the beginning of the course.

    In order to pass the course, students must receive the minimum passing grade E.

  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.

    William F. Ruddiman, 2013
    Earth's Climate: Past and Future
    W.H. Freeman, 3rd ed
    ISBN13: 9781429255257

    and scientific articles will be given during the course.

  • Course reports

    Course evaluations allow the possibility to affect and take responsibility for your own learning and gives important information for our work with pedagogical development.

    It's important that all students complete the course evaluations after each course, it gives the Department the opportunity to improve the courses' quality.

    The course evaluation is composed of a number of questions and specific questions for each course. If you, as a student, want to contribute with more course specific questions you may send them to

    If you haven't received the course evaluation for your finished course, or if you have other questions regarding course evaluations at IGV please contact

    Course evaluation = student's review of the course
    Course report = course leader's reflections about the review

  • Contact

    Alasdair SkeltonProfessor of Geochemistry and petrology
    Alasdair Skelton
    +46 (0)8 16 47 50 | Room: R425