Examines the nature, causes and extent of natural climate change through geological time, with a particular emphasis on how natural and human environments have responded to such change over the last several hundred thousand years. It focuses on the methods used to obtain proxy climate histories and the sources (archives) of these climate records, including ice cores, marine sediments, corals, tree rings, cave deposits, and landforms. The various techniques used to determine the age of the archives are also covered. The course provides a wide spectrum of evidence of climate changes and the responses of the environments to such changes from Australasian region, as well as Antarctica, the Americas and Europe. The course also explores how past climate change has affected ancient human civilizations. In order to participate in this course, students must complete a compulsory Workplace Health and Safety requirement. Students will receive full information on this compulsory course component in the course outline provided by the school.
|Faculty||Faculty of Science and Information Technology|
|School||School of Environmental and Life Sciences|
Semester 1 - 2014
Previously offered in 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2005
On successful completion of this course, students will have:
The course provides an excellent background for students wishing to pursue a career in environmental management, industry and a great opportunity for those wishing to pursue Honours in the area of climate and environmental change and Quaternary Geology .
The major topics covered are: Overview of Climate change throughout Earth history -Long term climate change - Tectonic scale Greenhouse climate Icehouse climate: nature, magnitude and causes of climate change during the Quaternary. Climate and environments during the Quaternary Our quest: “Cracking palaeoclimate causes” Records of climate and environmental change archived in: -ice-cores, tree rings, boreholes -cave deposits (speleothems) -marine sediments and organisms, including corals -field and laboratory methods in the sampling and processing of palaeodata archives -critical evaluation and processing of climate change data
|Assumed Knowledge||GEOS1040; GEOS2200; GEOS2050 or GEOS2070.|
|Timetable||2015 Course Timetables for GEOS3280|