GEO-3111 Reconstructing Quaternary Marine Climate and Environments - 10 ECTS
The student has
- knowledge and understanding of the causes of natural climate and oceanographic changes during the Quaternary.
- knowledge and understanding of the effects of natural climate and oceanographic changes during the last 150,000 years.
- knowledge of the differences in glacial and interglacial climate and oceanographic states.
- knowledge of the causes, impact, and rate of abrupt changes in the climate system.
- knowledge of the cyclicity in the climate system on orbital scale.
- knowledge of methods in palaeoclimate/-oceanography studies, including 14C dating, and geochemical, elemental, biologic, and physical proxies.
- knowledge of the present change in climate and oceanography compared to past natural changes.
The student can
- handle and process samples of a selected marine deep-sea core from the Svalbard margin.
- perform microscopy for counts and identification of planktic and benthic foraminifera.
- count and identify ice rafted debris (IRD).
- handle specific foraminiferal species for stable isotope analyses (18O and 13C).
- use all data to make comprehensive palaeoclimatic/-oceanographic interpretation and discussion of results and stratigraphic interpretations and correlations.
- conduct marine fieldwork with a research vessel (e.g., R/V Helmer Hanssen) with retrieval of gravity cores, box-cores, plankton tows, acquisition of seismic and acoustic data and the use of these data for finding good sampling locations.
- read and understand scientific literature on marine geology.
The student can
- carry out the most important elements of geological research projects: penetrating literature, carrying out field research, analyzing data, and communicating results to fellow students/scientists.
- prepare and initiate a master project in palaeoceanography and palaeoclimate.
- read and write about scientific results in English.
This course is open for inbound exchange student who meets the admission requirements, including prerequisites. Please see the Admission requirements" and the "Prerequisite" sections for more information.
Do you have questions about this course? Please check the following website to contact the course coordinator for exchange students at the faculty: https://en.uit.no/education/art?p_document_id=510412
4 hours written exam that counts 100 % of the final grade.
Grading scale: Letter grades A-F, where F is fail. Admittance to the exam requires approved course work and field/cruise report. A re-sit exam will not be arranged for this course.
Compulsory learning activities
Approval of training in health, safety, and environment prior to the cruise. This follows the UiT routines for cruises and will be provided by the crew onboard the research vessel. Participation in the cruise is mandatory.
- About the course
- Campus: Tromsø |
- ECTS: 10
- Course code: GEO-3111
- Responsible unit
- Institutt for geovitenskap