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Paleoclimatology

Earth And Planetary Sciences 486 - Spring 2021

This course uses a "paleo" lens to understand how the Earth's climate responds to radiative forcings and feedbacks. The history of Earth's changing climates and environments will be investigated on timescales will be investigated from decades to millions of years, focusing on the Quaternary (the past ~2.6 million years) and more recent changes. Topics include: external factors affecting the climate system (e.g., orbital cycles, volcanic eruptions, greenhouse gases); internal feedbacks, such as with the El Nino- Southern Oscillation; abrupt versus gradual change; interactions with the biosphere, hominins, and humans; and comparison to present-day climate change. Current controversies are examined through discussions of scientific papers and hands-on assignments. Recommended prerequisite: EPS-141, EPSc-386 or EPSc-586, or similar, or instructor permission. SP 2021: Remote instruction; synchronous each meeting (asynchronous options available).
Course Attributes: FA NSMBU SCIAR NSMAS NSM

Section 01

Paleoclimatology
INSTRUCTOR: Konecky
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