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 ContentThis course deals with the sedimentology, geochemistry and stratigraphy
of fluvial, lacustrine, coral, cave, coastal 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
studies, including the climate phenomena and fluctuations that act on
scales. Special emphasis will be on the various terrestrial climate
archives that record on (sub)decadal time scales and the validation of
proxies. Using the latest research studies in discussion meetings (3x),
several paleo-climate data-sets to perform practical exercises (3x), and
a field excursion to Limburg as an instruction of the ways climate
records form and can be read.
Typical climate archives to be studied are:
- (Varved) sediments-for instance, lacustrine, fluvial
- Ice cores
Teaching MethodsLectures, literature study and group discussions, computer practicals,
and a field excursion to Southern Limburg.
Method of AssessmentLiterature discussion essay (30%) and report of the field excursion to
southern Limburg (30%); report of computer practical (40%)
Entry RequirementsStudents 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),
LiteratureCourse 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.
|Language of Tuition||English|
|Faculty||Faculty of Science|
|Course Coordinator||dr. C.J. Beets|
|Examiner||dr. C.J. Beets|
dr. C.J. Beets
You need to register for this course yourself
Last-minute registration is available for this course.
|Teaching Methods||Seminar, Computer lab, Lecture, Excursion|
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