Course code GEO310

GEO310 Paleoenvironment and Climate Change

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Course responsible: Danielle Mei Pearce
Teachers: Jan Marten Huizenga, Mona Henriksen
ECTS credits: 10
Faculty: Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management
Teaching language: EN
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in Autumn parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in Autumn parallel.
Course frequency: Odd years
First time: Study year 2008-2009
Preferential right:
Course contents:
The course addresses the dramatic natural changes in the Earth's physical and biological environments on geological time scales. There will be a focus on the development of both low and high latitude environments. The students will learn about the forcing mechanisms and feedbacks controlling long-term climatic change, the effect of climate change on the physical and biological environments, and gain an understanding for the environments' sensitivity to future changes. The course enhances students understanding from Quaternary geology through a series of lectures and seminars which uses up-to-date research papers addressing these topics.
Learning outcome:

After completing the course, the student shall have the following learning outcomes:

Knowledge: The students should be able to interpret and analyse the natural changes that have taken place in the earth’s physical and biological environment in the recent geological past. They should have a deeper understanding of the development in the Quaternary and see connections between different environments and climate change.

Skills: The students should be able to assess and discuss scientific studies published in research journals.

Learning activities:
Lectures, seminars, debatt, group work, submitted papers.
Teaching support:

Textbook within paleoenvironment/paleoclimate, TBA.

Scientific papers.

GEO210, or equivalent courses.
Recommended prerequisites:
Mandatory activity:
One submitted paper.

Total assessment:

  • Portfolio assessment 40%.
  • Final written exam 60%.

Both parts must be passed. Grading system: A-E/Not passed.

Nominal workload:
250 hours
Entrance requirements:
Special requirements in Science
Reduction of credits:
Type of course:
Seminars, debate and lectures: 24 hours
An examiner according to NMBU regulations.
Allowed examination aids: A2 No calculator, other aids as specified
Examination details: Combined assessment: Letter grades