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Cursus: GEO4-1405
Paleoceanography and climate variability
Cursus informatie
Studiepunten (ECTS)7,5
Categorie / NiveauM (Master)
CursustypeCursorisch onderwijs
Aangeboden doorFaculteit Geowetenschappen; Graduate School Geowetenschappen; M Earth Sciences;
Contactpersoondr. G.J. Reichart
Telefoon+31 30 2535041
Contactpersoon van de cursus
dr. G.J. Reichart
Overige cursussen docent
M. Ziegler
Overige cursussen docent
1  (01-09-2020 t/m 06-11-2020)
TimeslotB: DI-ochtend, DO-middag, DO-namiddag
Cursusinschrijving geopendvanaf 02-06-2020 08:00 t/m 28-06-2020 23:59
Inschrijven via OSIRISJa
Inschrijven voor bijvakkersJa
Na-inschrijving geopendvanaf 17-08-2020 08:00 t/m 18-08-2020 23:59
Please note: the information in the course manual is binding.
On the basis of realistic scientific data, by the end of the course, student will:
  • be trained to identify, interpret and reconstruct the role of the ocean in past changes in climate;
  • be trained to identify, interpret and reconstruct paleoclimate and variations there in;
  • be trained in general academic skills such as writing reports, presenting scientific concepts.
(Paleo)ocean circulation during different climatic regimes and related proxy variability will be discussed while sequentially introducing different concepts and aspects. Theory and application of marine proxies will be illustrated by relevant case studies. In particular the Glacial world will be contrasted to the (present-day) Interglacial, and compared to high-frequency (e.g. El-Nino) paleoceanographic and proxies variations. Amongst the aspects to be discussed are: Glacial climate and its forcing; sediment dating techniques; paleoproductvity; pCO2 reconstruction; oxygenation; sea surface temperature; deep water circulation; and proxy preservation. Current important scientific questions will be addressed and different view points discussed. The course teaches students hands on scientific research so that they can ‘hit the ground running’ in climate related projects.

Development of Transferable Skills
  • Ability to work in the team: Presentations, practicals and final research proposal are organized in teams. Students have to distribute tasks, organize the workflow and are responsible for the time planning.
  • Problem solving: students receive data from previous sea-going expeditions and have to use different approaches to unravel past ocean and climate change.
  • Verbal communication skills: 50% of the lectures are based on the so-called flip-class room concept in which the students have to transfer expert knowledge to to their peers. This implies that they alos have to set teaching goals, plan a lecture and present the lecture. Subjects are setup in such a way as to stimulate discussion and participate in the discussion.
  • Analytical / quantitative skills: students have to setup and run simple numerical (inverse) models to to analyse their data. These model runs are subsequently quantitatively compared with real world data.
  • Technical skills: using the computer programmes Excel for handling large data sets and data transformations. By regularly comparing different analytical approaches students get insight in the prossibilities and limitations of the different techniques.  
Je moet voldoen aan de volgende eisen
  • Toelatingsbeschikking voor de master toegekend
Basic knowledge of paleoceanography, experience with spreadsheet programs such as Excel.
Voorkennis kan worden opgedaan met
In Utrecht the BSc course Paleoceanography (GEO2-1218), other courses based on e.g. the book “Earth’c Climate” by Ruddiman (ISBN 0716737418).
Bronnen van zelfstudie
Book “Earth’c Climate” by Ruddiman (ISBN 0716737418)
Verplicht materiaal
Ruddiman: Earth's climate (ISBN 0716737418). EURO 75,-.


Minimum cijfer-

Final exam (50%), practicals (30%), proposal/pitching (10%), seminar presenting and contributing (10%). Practicals consist of weekly summaries and based on this a final research proposal will have to be written in the final week. This final research proposal will have to be pitched for the group in order to receive feedback. Attendance of the practicals and the pitching session is compulsory. Deadline for handing in the practicals is Friday 11 o’clock each practical week.

Aspecten van academische vorming
Academisch denken, werken en handelen
Bestuderen en analyseren van informatie
Synthetiseren en structureren van informatie
Gestructureerd beoordelen van activiteiten en prestaties (van anderen en van zichzelf)
Intellectuele vaardigheden
Presenteren - een referaat/pleidooi voorbereiden, uitvoeren en evalueren
Sociaal-contactuele vaardigheden
Gebruiken van informatie- en communicatietechnologie ('computer literacy')
Communicatieve vaardigheden
Planmatig werken
Wetenschappelijke context
Kennis hanteren in een bredere context
Numerieke vaardigheden
Analyseren en beoordelen van onderzoeksrapportages
Materiaal / data analyseren en verwerken
Rapporteren over onderzoek - schriftelijk
Rapporteren over onderzoek - mondeling
Onderzoeksvaardigheden integraal
Beheersen van methoden en technieken

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