Course code GEO310

GEO310 Paleoenvironment and Climate Change

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Course responsible: Mona Henriksen
Teachers: Jon Ytterbø Landvik
ECTS credits: 10
Faculty: Department of Environmental Sciences
Teaching language: EN, NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:

Minimum 5.

Teaching exam periods:

This course starts in Autumn parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in Autumn parallel.

Course frequency: <p>Odd years</p><p><br/><br/><br/><br/></p>
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 comprises lectures as well as seminars on up-to-date research papers addressing these topics.

Learning outcome:

The student will obtain an understanding of the natural changes in the Earth"s physical and biological environments in the recent geological past.

Learning activities:

Lectures, seminars, group work, submitted papers.

Teaching support:



Bradley, R.S. 2015: Paleoclimatology. Reconstructing Climates of the Quaternary. 3rd edition. Academic Press, Oxford. ISBN: 978-0-12-386913-5.

Scientific papers.


GEO100 and GEO210, or equivalent courses.

Recommended prerequisites:
Mandatory activity:
One submitted paper.

Submitted papers: 40%. Final exam: 60%. Both parts must be passed.

Nominal workload:

300 hours

Entrance requirements:

Special requirements in Science

Reduction of credits:


Type of course:

Seminars and lectures: 24 hours




An examiner according to NMBU regulations.

Allowed examination aids: No calculator, other aids as specified
Examination details: Continuous exam: A - E / Ikke bestått