Catalog Number: 3909
Number of Credits: 3
This graduate level course provides students with an introduction to the multi-disciplinary sciences of paleoclimatology and paleoceanography and, more importantly, with a review of recent advances in climate and ocean change research. Specifically, this course will examine the evolution of climate through the Cenozoic, Milankovitch orbital theory, past solar variability, and models of oceanic and atmospheric heat transport. In addition this course will explore mechanisms of abrupt climate change, ice core records from the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets, sediment records from the deep-sea and from lacustrine basins, and tree-ring and speleothem records from continental sites. Scheduled course meetings will consist of brief lectures addressing the principles behind specific proxy indicators and discussion of assigned readings on the use of specific paleoclimatic and paleoceanographic archives.Offered upon student demand. Lecture, 3 hours.