Advanced discussion and analysis of marine and terrestrial records used to reconstruct oceanographic and climatic change.
|Paper title||Advanced Topics in Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology|
|Teaching period||Semester 2 (On campus)|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$685.39|
|International Tuition Fees||Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.|
- GEOL 421
This paper is suitable for someone with a BSc (or equivalent) in a physical science.
- Teaching staff
- Paper Structure
- Class introduction
- Proxies in paleoceanography and paleoclimatology
- Onset of Cenozoic glaciation
- E/O glaciation: evidence from marine records
- E/O glaciation: drivers and impacts
- Neogene ice sheets: dynamic or stable?
- Will WAIS survive the Anthropocene?
- Orbital forcing of climate change
- Millennial-scale climate variability
- Internal modes of climate change
- Glacial-interglacial transitions
- Geologic record of sea-level rise
- Holocene climate drivers
- Teaching Arrangements
Discussion of relevant papers in the literature.
Textbooks are not required for this paper.
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Communication, Critical thinking, Environmental literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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- Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete this paper will have
- Comprehensive understanding of the fundamental drivers of climate and oceanographic change at timescales ranging from decades to millions of years (Scholarship, Research, Lifelong learning)
- Comprehensive understanding of how different components of the Earth system interact with one another to influence climate and oceanographic change (Global perspective, Environmental literacy)
- Thorough understanding of the common techniques and proxies used to reconstruct climatic and oceanographic change (Scholarship, Critical thinking)
- Proficiency in interpreting environmental/climate/oceanographic change from marine and terrestrial sediment records and an understanding of the basis behind physical and chemical proxies (Interdisciplinary perspective, Communication, Teamwork)