Undergraduate Course: Quaternary Environmental Change (EASC09007)
|School||School of Geosciences
||College||College of Science and Engineering
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 9 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course unit presents an integrated approach to the processes that have driven the observed environmental changes at various time scales during the Quaternary period. Discussed are the interactions between the oceans, ice sheets and continents and the way in which climate change drives/affects Earth surface processes. The environmental records that preserve signals of environmental change on time scales of millions of years to decades and drivers are discussed. Practical sessions introduce techniques used in retrieving information on, and reconstructing, past environments from environmental archives (e.g. sediments, corals) and comparing data from different settings.
Introduction to the Quaternary (SJ)
Long-term climate change: Uniqueness of the Quaternary (DK)
Nature of Pleistocene climate cycles 1 (DK)
Interpretation of time-series spectral analysis 1 (DK)
Nature of Pleistocene climate cycles 2 (DK)
Interpretation of time-series spectral analysis 2 (DK)
What drives glacial-interglacial climate change? (SJ)
Retrieving environmental information from O- isotope curves (SJ)
Sea level change: Past and Future (DK)
Sea level change (DK)
Rapid Climate Change: Processes and climate records 1 (SJ)
Rapid Climate Change: Processes and climate records 2. (SJ)
Variability in Tropical climate: Monsoon, rainfall & gases (SJ)
Climate change and Sapropels (SJ)
Dating records of climate change (1) (SJ)
Dating long-term climate change (SJ)
Dating records of climate change (2) (SJ)
Synchronizing climate records across the hemispheres (SJ)
Climate and hominid evolution: Droughts and trade winds (DK).
Close to the exam
Q&A session (date and venue to be announced during class).
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
|Additional Costs|| None.
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
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On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Students will be able to explain the nature, mechanisms and processes involved in past climate variability at million to decadal time scales and the way climate change has affected human evolution.
- Students will be able to describe the methods used in retrieving palaeoclimate information from various environmental archives.
- During the practical classes, students will also receive training in a number computer programs relevant to analysing environmental data.
|W.F. Ruddiman, Earth's Climate: Past and Future, W. H. Freeman and Company|
R.C.L. Wilson, S.A. Drury & J.L. Chapman, The Great Ice Age: Climate Change and Life, The Open University
R.S. Bradley, Quaternary Palaeoclimatology, Unwin
J.J.Lowe & M.J.C. Walker, Reconstructing Quaternary Environments, Longman
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Simon Jung
|Course secretary||Ms Casey Hollway
Tel: (0131 6)50 8510