Objectives and Content
The course aims to provide a deeper insight into the large and rapid sea-level changes that characterize the Quaternary period as well as the processes that caused these changes globally and locally. This also includes knowledge about the methods that are used to reconstruct these changes and the connection with climate change and the growth and decay of the large ice sheets.
The course deal with topics as eustasy and isostasy as well as oceanographic, climatic and other factors that have had an influence on the seal-level changes during the Quaternary period. It will be given a theoretical as well practical introduction to studies of past sea-level changes and their causes. There will be a focus on the development in Scandinavia, but methods and results from other areas will also be dealt with. A brief field course is included. This includes lake coring in so-called isolation basins that are utilize to reconstruct past sea-level changes along the coasts of Scandinavia.
On completion of the course the student should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:
- explains the most important processes that have an influence on sea-level changes, including isostasy, eustasy, geoid deformation, temperature and salinity
- explains the connection between climate, glacier variations and sea-level
- explains the most important methods that are utilized to study sea-level changes in different parts of the world, with a focus on the geological archives
- has a good knowledge about theories, methods and causal connections related to past, recent and future sea-level changes
- is able to mediate (by word of mouth and in writing) important expert knowledge about sea-level changes during the Quaternary
- explore and interprets geological archives, including sediment sequences contained in lake basins, that are being utilized to reconstruct past sea-level changes
- has a good knowledge of theories, problems, methods and causal connections about past, present and future sea-level changes
- can mediate orally and written important expert knowledge about sea-level changes during the Quaternary
- is able to plan and carry through geological investigations (for example a master degree project) aiming at studying sea-level changes along the coast of Norway
Recommended 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
Lectures, 4 hours per week for 15 weeks
Compulsory Assignments and Attendance
Compulsory attendance on seminars and field course
Approved report from field course
Compulsory work are valid for two subsequent semesters.
Forms of Assessment
The form of assessment is:
Written examination (4 hours)
Permitted tools: Non-programmable calculator, according 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.
Examination both spring semester and autumn semester. In semesters without teaching the examination will be arranged at the beginning of the semester.
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 email@example.com
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:
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. Autumn 2020 written exams will be arranged either at home or on campus. Please see course information on MittUiB.
Type of assessment: Written examination
- 01.12.2020, 09:00
- 4 hours
- Withdrawal deadline
- Examination system
- Digital exam