MSc Programme in Climate Change
MSc Programme in Physics
Paleo-climatology is the study of earth’s climate history from the deep past to recent climate change. It spotlights changes on geological time scales as well as variations over glacial-interglacial cycles, and recent human induced changes. There is a particular focus on the climate archives in the large polar ice sheets and the geological record. The student will get acquainted with reading the paleo-climate archives, and judging their uncertainties.
The goal of the course is to provide an introduction to and general knowledge of what can be learned from paleo-climate archives about global and regional climate on timescales from a few thousand to millions of years. The course will bring the student up to date with new records of past climate and their interpretation. The course provides the background for a critical view on man made climate change.
- Describe the current state of knowledge on past climate change at ta variety of time scales.
- Understand the main drivers of climate change in the past including the astronomically driven changes in solar radiation and the impacts of changes in the carbon cycle.
- Provide an overview of the usefulness of different paleoclimate archives.
- Understand the importance of comparing different paleo records.
- Make a simple description of a climate record.
- Understand paleo climate terminology and be able to use the terminology to communicate with paleo-climate scientists.
- Make first order explanations of complex interactions of the earth system influencing the climate.
- Synthesize climate information from various sources.
- Understand the difference between global and regional climate change.
- Have a perception of natural climate variations and the superimposed human influence on climate.
Required-reading: William F. Ruddiman: Earth’s Climate, past and future. Third edition. W.H. Freeman, ISBN-13: 978-1-4292-5525-7.
- 7,5 ECTS
- Type of assessment
- Written assignment, 24 hoursThe candidates will be assigned a topic on which they have to write a report.
The individual report is to be 1000-2500 words during a 24 hour take home exam.
Relevant figures and references are not to be included in the report but are to be added in an appendix.
- Exam registration requirements
Attendance at 80% of the lectures and student presentations.
Giving one presentation
- All aids allowed
- Marking scale
- 7-point grading scale
- Censorship form
- No external censorship
two internal examiners
The requirements for participation cannot be ignored. Students who do not meet the requirement should therefore follow the course again the following year.
Criteria for exam assesment
The highest mark (12) is given for excellent exam performance that demonstrates full mastery of the above mentioned learning goals with no or only minor gaps.
The mark 2 is given to a student who has only minimally achieved the course goals.