2022-2023 Catalog

GEOL 315 Paleoclimatology and Paleoceanography

Understanding Earth's climate system and predicting future climatic change requires both the study of the climate processes that operate within the Earth system as well as detailed studies of climate changes in the past. Direct human observations of climate have captured only a very small fraction of the potential range of Earth's climatic variability. In contrast, the geologic record provides a rich archive of past variations in climate. In this course, we will explore the processes that control Earth's climate, investigate and interpret the geologic record of past climatic changes, and examine methods used to reconstruct past climates. [W]


GEOL 115, GEOL 130, or GEOL 205 or permission of the instructor