Geology of Climate Change (3) Geologic evidence for climate change and mechanisms of change, especially from the Ice Age through the near future.
GEOSC 320 Geology of Climate Change (3)
The appropriate human response to global climate change is among the hot-button issues of the modern world. Geologic records provide a critical perspective on climate change, with implications for our behavior. Ice cores, ocean sediments, tree rings, and others reveal that agriculture and industry have arisen during a few thousand years of anomalously stable climate. Natural changes half as large as the entire difference between ice-age and modern conditions have occurred repeatedly in mere years, affecting hemispheric or broader regions. Such climate jumps have been linked to changes in greenhouse gases, but not driven by them. The students in Geology of Climate Change will learn how records of recent climate changes are recovered, read, and dated, how the climate system works and has worked, and the causes of ice-age cycles and faster climate jumps. The students will demonstrate their mastery of this knowledge by assessing its implications for global warming and natural climate changes in the future. Geology of Climate Change will involve lecture/discussion, readings, and individual or small-group projects, with students graded on midterm and final exams, and presentations or papers. The course will serve as an upper-level elective for students in major and minor programs in Geosciences and Earth Science. Enrollment will be limited to 30, with one offering per year.
General Education: None
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Spring 2001
Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.