Paleoclimatology and the ocean system, 7.5 credits

Paleoclimatology and the ocean system (distance course)

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.

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) – required course book, available as SU library e-book

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


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