Within the scope of this course, students will get applied training in key geochronological methods to solve challenges for own studies with terrestrial and marine archives.
The course takes advantage of easy access from UiT to geohazards, glacial landscapes, and fjord sites around Tromsø. Students ability to choose sample locations, analyse and interpret geochronological data is the key to understand past interactions between the geohazards, Earth system and climate change. The course starts with theoretical background and physical principles of key geochronological methods and fieldwork will provide hands-on experience in sampling strategies and techniques.
Key methods that will be discussed are radiocarbon dating, optically stimulated luminescence dating, cosmogenic nuclide dating, and tephrochronology. Lectures, seminars and exercises will alternate to provide background information for current challenges and avenues of dating methods in high latitude environments and in geohazard studies.
With laboratory exercises and data analyses, students will focus on practical challenges of the dating techniques, like building age-depth models and evaluation of uncertainties. In seminars, student groups will critically assess published case studies with regard to age constraints, interpretations and related challenges.
Upon completing the course, the students will:
Upon completing the course, the students can:
Upon completing the course, the students will be able to:
Method: Percentage of final grade. Poster presentation of data analysis 25%: PhD students individual poster presentations.
Written report including poster/oral presentation: 75%:PhD students prepare an individual oral presentation. Their reports need to elaborate on justification/discussion of own results in the light of published studies and methodological uncertainties.
All assessments must be passed in order to pass the course.