Undergraduate Course: Quaternary Environmental Change (EASC09007)
||School of Geosciences
||College of Science and Engineering
||Available to all students
|Credit level (Normal year taken)
||SCQF Level 9 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
|Home subject area
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||This course unit presents an integrated approach to the study of the interaction between the oceans, ice sheets and continents and the way in which climate change drives/affects Earth surface processes. The first part of the course concentrates on the processes that have driven the observed changes, whilst the second half presents the geological records that preserve signals of environmental change. Environmental changes on time scales of millions of years to decades, their archives and drivers are discussed. Practical sessions introduce techniques used in retrieving information on, and reconstructing, past environments from archives (e.g. ice sheets, sediments, corals), computer simulations, model calculations, and geological materials.
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Course Delivery Information
|Delivery period: 2010/11 Semester 1, Available to all students (SV1)
||WebCT enabled: Yes
|King's Buildings||Laboratory||1-11|| 15:00 - 15:50|
|King's Buildings||Lecture||1-11|| 14:00 - 14:50|
|King's Buildings||Laboratory||1-11|| 16:10 - 17:00|
||Week 1, Friday, 14:00 - 14:50, Zone: King's Buildings. Main Lecture Theatre 201 Grant Institute |
|Main Exam Diet S1 (December)||Quaternary Environmental Change||2:00||3 x 4 sides|
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
|Students will develop an integrated knowledge of the interaction between the oceans, ice sheets and continents and the way in which climate change drives/affects Earth surface processes.
Students will be able to link processes which drive changes with the geological records that record these changes.
Students will have a critical understanding of the nature, mechanisms and processes involved in past climate variability at million to decadal time scales.
Students will be able to describe, use and interpret principal and some specialised methods (computer simulations, model calculations and geological materials) to retrieve palaeoclimate information from various environmental archives (e.g. ice sheets, sediments, corals).
|50% degree exam; 50% continuous assessment based on practicals.
||Dr Raja Ganeshram
Tel: (0131 6)50 7364
||Miss Emma Latto
Tel: (0131 6)50 8510
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