Undergraduate course


Semester of Instruction


Objectives and Content

The objective of the course is to obtain an integrated view of global climatic patterns throughout geologic time and to gain an understanding of the forcing mechanisms associated with these changes. This course will examine operation of global climate system during the Cenozoic, comparing records of past and present climate change considering how Earth's climate history can inform and constrain potential future climate changes. Case studies of past climatic variability on tectonic to interannual timescales are covered

Learning Outcomes

After completing the course GEOV222 the student should be able to:

- Have knowledge of how Earth's climate has changed during the Cenozoic.

- Have working knowledge of the methods used to determine paleoclimate.

- Understand of the factors that determine global and regional climate, including carbon cycling, plate tectonics, solar radiation, and ocean-atmospheric circulation.

- Have ability to read, comprehend and discuss primary literature.

- Have ability to analyze paleoclimate data and draw logical inferences about past climate change.

Required Previous Knowledge

Quaternary geology.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

Laboratory exercises. Approved mandatory activities are valid for 6 semesters

Forms of Assessment

Obligatory practicals (40 %) and 4h written exam (60 %). Oral exam if less than 10 students.

Grading Scale

The grading scale used is A to F. Grade A is the highest passing grade in the grading scale, grade F is a fail.


Contact Information

Student Adviser, Department of Earth Science, E-mail: studiekonsulent@geo.uib.no

Exam information

  • Type of assessment: Portfolio assesment and written examination

    4 hours
    Withdrawal deadline
    Examination system
    Digital exam
    • Exam part: Written examination

      4 hours
      Examination system
      Digital exam