Paleoceanography and marine geology
7.5 credits cr.
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The course addresses the history and workings of the ocean-climate system in the geologic past to today with regard to geology, circulation, chemistry, biology and patterns of marine sedimentation.
Topics: Paleoceanographic studies use environmental models and different proxies to assess the role of oceanic processes in the global climate system by re-constructing past climate at various intervals. Paleoceanographic research is also intimately tied to paleoclimatology.
rine sediments, their correlation and time scales; the basics of the modern climate system including ocean and atmosphere circulation, the hydrosphere, cryosphere and biogeogeochemical cycles; physical, chemical and biological proxy tools; trends and events in the evolution of the ocean- and atmosphere systems over the past 150 million years.
If possible an excursion to the IODP (Integrated Ocean Discovery Program) core repository in Bremen, Germany, will take place. More details about that as soon as possible.
Autumn term 20 | The current plan is to hold the lectures on campus as usual since the discussion and interaction is important to the course and the small class size will allow plenty of space to social distance in the booked lecture rooms. If university guidelines change we will switch to ZOOM lectures.
Lectures: At the moment, we do not know how many students will be enrolled in GG4216 but from previous experience we expect between 6-12. As a result, we plan to hold lectures on campus as usual since the discussion and interaction is important to the course and there will be plenty of space to social distance in the booked lecture rooms. If university guidelines change we will switch to ZOOM lectures as a fall back.
It is uncertain whether the yearly excursion to the IODP (Integrated Ocean Discovery Program) core repository in Bremen, Germany will take place this year – the repository has been closed to visitors since March and it is unclear whether it will reopen by November.
As of 14th July 2020, international travel restrictions for people traveling from Sweden to Germany have been lifted so plane travel as of now is possible in theory, although this could of course change.
I am currently waiting for news from the IODP about whether a visit will be possible. If the repository reopens by the end of August we will attempt go. This will involve traveling safely by plane (wearing face masks if necessary) and securing accommodation options that will allow us to maintain safe social distancing practices.
If the visit is not possible there will be an internet and lab-based alternative that will allow us to address the same learning objectives. This will involve data-mining in the extensive IODP on-line archives and study of unique deep-sea core samples from around the globe held in a special collection at Stockholm IGV. Once again, final decisions on this will not be made until later in August and we plan to post information as soon as it becomes available. Feel free to contact Helen Coxall the course director with any questions or concerns.
We have not altered any of the assessments for the course. The final exam will take place at the University.
Knowledge assessment and examination are in the form of written examinations.
Is based on a written/oral assessment at the end of the course. Assessment criteria are:
A = Excellent
B = Very good
C = Good
D = Satisfactory
E = Sufficient
Fx = Insufficient
F = Entirely insufficient
The assessment criteria will be outlined at the start of the course. To pass the course, a minimum grade E is necessary.
ScheduleThe 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.
Course literatureNote that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.
W.F. Ruddiman, 2014
Earth's Climate: Past and Future
W.H. Freeman, 3rd ed
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"Earth is our home. There is no second planet we can escape to if life on Earth becomes too difficult. Earth may seem vast and robust but what you learn from studying it’s geological history is that its various ocean, ice, climate and biological systems, upon which we depend for food, jobs and safe stable places to live, is fragile."
Helen Coxall is a senior lecturer in marine micropaleontology, she teaches two courses at the undergraduate level.
Senior lecturer, Marine micropaleontology
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