Landscape Dynamics


Course Objective

- To learn and understand how environmental and climate changes are
recorded in terrestrial-related depositional environments, and to
understand the recording process as a function of the dynamics of this
- To unravel tectonic, climatic and human impacts in fluvial sedimentary
records on different regional and temporal scales.
- To understand global climate change at Milankovitch to decadal time
- To appreciate the different climate sensitivity of low and high
- To gain overview over future climate studies and their dilemmas

At the end of this course, students should be able to:
- Interpret, and operate commonly used climate proxy datasets;
- Critically read and question climate change publications;
- Have state-of-the-art knowledge of the research field of high
resolution climate archive studies, and the challenges that lie ahead.

Course Content

The course deals with the sedimentology, geochemistry and stratigraphy
of fluvial, lacustrine and eolian palaeoclimate records. The focus is on
those processes relevant for understanding how climate/environmental
change is recorded in the terrestrial
archives. In addition, the susceptibility of key aspects of those
environments to climate- change impacts will be addressed.
The course will target seasonal-decadal to Milankovitch climate archive
including the climate phenomena and fluctuations that act on such time
scales. Special emphasis will be given to various terrestrial climate
archives that record on (sub)decadal time scales and the validation of
Typical climate archives to be studied are:
- (Varved) sediments-for instance, lacustrine, fluvial
- Ice cores
- Speleothems
- Corals
- bivalves

Teaching Methods

Lectures, literature study and group discussions, computer practicals,
and a field excursion to Southern Limburg.

Method of Assessment

Literature discussion essay (30%) and report of the field excursion to
southern Limburg (30%); report of computer practical (40%)

Entry Requirements

Students are expected to have bachelor-level knowledge of:
Climate science, Stable isotope geochemistry and Sedimentary
Recommended background knowledge
Bachelor courses: Sedimentary environments (AB_1093), Climate Science
(450240); Master courses: Climate Systems (450185) (this is an
obligatory course scheduled parallel to Landscape dynamics),


Course notes and selected peer-reviewed research papers (because we aim
at including state-of-the-art research papers, these will be selected by
teaching staff at the start of the course),
Paleoclimatology-Reconstructing Climates of the Quaternary- by Bradley.

General Information

Course Code AM_450331
Credits 6 EC
Period P1
Course Level 400
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Science
Course Coordinator dr. C.J. Beets
Examiner dr. C.J. Beets
Teaching Staff dr. H.J.L. van der Lubbe MSc
dr. C. Kasse
dr. C.J. Beets

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

Teaching Methods Seminar, Computer lab, Lecture, Excursion
Target audiences

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