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 examines the operation of the 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 investigated. The course incorporates journal articles and web resources to teach students through lectures, seminar discussions, and in-class activities.
On completion of the course the student should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:
The student can
- explain how and why Earth¿s climate has changed during the Cenozoic (e.g. on tectonic, orbital, down to societally relevant timescales)
- explain the methods used to determine paleoclimate, illustrate their usage and describe their limitations
The student can
- perform quantitative analyses and apply simple box models (e.g. interpret isotope data quantitatively, use a box model to explore climate-carbon interactions )
- summarize observations/data/principles graphically
- recognize and discuss the factors that determine global and regional climate, including carbon cycling, plate tectonics, solar radiation, and ocean-atmospheric circulation
- analyze paleoclimate data and draw logical inferences about past climate change
The student can
- reflect on, evaluate and communicate the Earths climate history and the role of humans in the climate system
- demonstrate the ability to function individually, in cooperation and ethically with others
- present, discuss, and critically evaluate primary literature
Required Previous Knowledge
Access to the Course
Access to the course requires admission to a programme of study at The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences.
Teaching and learning methods
The course includes lectures, seminars and class exercises.
Lecture, 2 hours per week for 11 weeks
Exercises and/or seminars 2 hours per week for 11 weeks
Compulsory Assignments and Attendance
Laboratory exercises and seminars. Approved mandatory activities are valid for 2 semesters after course completion.
Forms of Assessment
Compulsory practicals (40 %) and 4h written exam (60 %). Both parts need to be graded as ¿passed¿ to get final assessment in the course. Oral exam if less than 10 students. Digital examination: please visit http://www.uib.no/en/student/87471/digital-assessment-students.
Examination Support Material
A calculator that conforms to the faculty regulations.
The grading scale used is A to F. Grade A is the highest passing grade in the grading scale, grade F is a fail.
Written exams are organized each semester. In semesters without teaching, the written exam is arranged early in the semester. Notice: by retaking the written exam, the grade from the exercises will stay unchanged.
The reading list will be available within June 1st for the autumn semester and Deecember 1st for the spring semester.
The course will be evaluated by the students in accordance with the quality assurance system at UiB and the department.
The Programme Committee is responsible for the content, structure and quality of the study programme and courses.
The course coordinator and administrative contact person can be found on Mitt UiB, or you may contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The Faculty for Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Department of Earth Science has the administrative responsibility for the course and program
The student coordinator can be contacted here:
Tlf 55 58 35 19
For written exams, please note that the start time may change from 09:00 to 15:00 or vice versa until 14 days prior to the exam. The exam location will be published 14 days prior to the exam.
Type of assessment: Written examination
- Withdrawal deadline
- Examination system
- Digital exam