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Paleoclimatology and the ocean system

This course is concerned with how past climate and ocean conditions are reconstructed from marine geological archives.

It addresses ocean circulation and its role in climate, marine sediments and proxies for past ocean and climate signals, and the tools for extracting these signals. We study major Cenozoic to recent shifts in Earth's climate. In case of re-examination, a compulsory meeting may occur.

  • Course structure


    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.

  • Course literature

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

    W.F. Ruddiman, 2017
    Earth's Climate: Past and Future 3rd ed
    W.H. Freeman
    ISBN 9781319154004 – required course book, available as SU library e-book

    K. St John, R.M. Leckie, K. Pound, M. Jones, L. Krissek, 2012
    Reconstructing Earth's Climate History: inquiry-based exercises for lab and class
    ISBN 9780470658085 (hardback)
    ISBN 9781118232941 (paper)
    ISBN 9781119959892 (E-book) – recommended


  • 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

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