GE489 Past and Present Climate
Course description for academic year 2019/2020
Contents and structure
The course provides a palaeoclimatic overview from the Last Glacial Maximum to present-day. The focus is on natural and anthropogenic climatic controls on different temporal and spatial scales. Topics include the carbon cycle, solar orbital variations, greenhouse warming, and ocean-atmosphere-land feedback mechanisms. We study research methods used to investigate archives of past climate changes. We discuss and outline possible changes that may occur in Earth's climate within the coming centuries.
During this course the students conduct an independent research project on various topics related to climate change and geohazards.
The students gain the following general qualifications:
- knowledge about the most important methods used to reconstruct past climate changes from different natural archives and the ability to see the difficulties and shortcomings involved in such reconstructions.
- knowledge of the climate changes that have occurred through geological time and a good understanding of the theories that explain them.
- understanding of the climate changes that took place over the last 10,000 years.
- a good perception of the latest theories and models for climate change in the future.
- efficient scientific literature research
- planning and writing a scientific report
- presenting scientific results
- gain deeper insights into the current state of research related to geohazards and climate change
Recommended previous knowledge
GE406 Introduction to Geology or similar
Lessons, exercises, a two-day mandatory assignment and an independent research project.
Approved mandatory assignment.
Approved three exercises.
Oral presentation of the research project.