|Delivery Type||Delivery length / details|
|Lecture||22 Hours. 11 x 2 hour lectures|
|Seminars / Tutorials|
|Assessment Type||Assessment length / details||Proportion|
|Semester Assessment||1 x 1 hour mid-term short-answer test. In-Course Assessment:||25%|
|Semester Exam||2 Hours Two essay questions to be answered from four set.||75%|
|Supplementary Exam||2 Hours Examination only.||100%|
On successful completion of this module, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge of :-
- The principal methods used to obtain Quaternary palaeoenvironmental data
- How to interpret a range of palaeoclimatic and palaeoenvironmental data
- The importance of palaeoclimatic records and their importance for contemporary climatic issues
1. To provide students with a critical view of the methods used to obtain Quaternary palaeoenvironmental data.
2. To equip students to interpret a range of palaeoclimatic and palaeoenvironmental data.
3. To enable students to realise the importance of past records in relation to contemporary issues such as global warming.
The role of Quaternary palaeoclimatic data in understanding climatic change.
The chronological framework:
Terminology and timescales.
Palaeomagnetism. Potassium-argon dating.
Radiocarbon dating; calibrating the radiocarbon timescale.
Evidence from the oceans:
Oxygen isotopes, microfossil assemblages and terrigenous input
Quaternary sea-level records.
Evidence from the continents:
Lakes and lake sediments
Diatom records of surface water acidification.
Ice core records of climatic change:
Stable isotopes; dissolved and particulate matter; gas bubble contents.
European and Chinese loess sequences.
Pollen analysis: principles, methods, and data presentation.
Interpreting past vegetation and climate from pollen data
Reading ListGeneral Text
Bell, M. and Walker, M.J.C. (2003) Late Quaternary Environmental Change - Physical and Human Perspectives Prentice Hall Primo search Birks, H.J.B. & H.H. Birks (1980) Quaternary Palaeoecology Arnold Primo search Bradley, R.S. (1999) Paleoclimatology: reconstructing climates of the Quaternary 2nd Academic Press Primo search Mannion A M (1999) Natural Environmental Change Routledge Primo search
This module is at CQFW Level 5