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October 14, 2022

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Description

This class examines tools, data, and ideas related to past climate changes as seen in marine, ice core, and continental records.

The most recent climate changes (mainly the past 500,000 years, ranging up to about 2 million years ago) will be emphasized. Quantitative tools for the examination of paleoceanographic data will be introduced (statistics, factor analysis, time series analysis, simple climatology).

Course Curriculum

  • Major paleoceanographic and paleoclimatic events of the past 2 million years Unlimited
  • Oxygen isotope paleoclimatology Unlimited
  • Oxygen isotope paleothermometry Unlimited
  • Paleo-ecological temperature estimates Unlimited
  • Fundamentals of factor analysis: satellite image Unlimited
  • Sea-level and climate change Unlimited
  • Glacial/interglacial ‘oscillations Unlimited
  • Ice core evidence for climate change Unlimited
  • Ice core evidence for climate change (cont.) Unlimited
  • Deep-ocean Unlimited
  • Atmospheric CO2, ocean chemistry Unlimited
  • Continental evidence for glacial climate change Unlimited
  • Lifestyles of the small and calcareous Unlimited
  • Coral evidence for temperature, salinity, and nutrient changes Unlimited
  • Introduction to cenozoic palenoceanography Unlimited
  • Newer tracers Unlimited

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