Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.
|Dates & Locations:|| |
This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:February, Parkville - Taught on campus.
An enrolment quota applies to this subject. For detailed information on the quota subject application process, refer to the Quota Subject link on the Science Student Centre website: http://studentcentre.unimelb.edu.au/eastern/subject_information/quota_subjects
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|Time Commitment:||Contact Hours: one 10-day field trip, 24-hours of lectures weeks (including two days of pre-field trip lectures) & 8-hours of practicals during weeks 1-4 |
Total Time Commitment:
Completion of at least one of the following subjects or approval from the subject coordinator.
Study Period Commencement:
|Recommended Background Knowledge:||
Some background in Physical Geography and/or Earth Sciences is required. Interested students who are unsure if they possess sufficient academic background are welcome to contact the coordinator for advice: email@example.com
|Non Allowed Subjects:||None|
|Core Participation Requirements:||
It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon
CoordinatorAssoc Prof Russell Drysdale
Faculty of Science
Building 138, between the Doug McDonell building and the Eastern Resource Centre (ERC).
Phone: 13 MELB (13 6352)
Subject co-ordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org
This subject examines the nature and causes of past changes in Earth’s climate during the Quaternary Period (the last 2.7 million years), with a particular emphasis on the last glacial-interglacial cycle. It aims to place modern climate and the projections of future global warming into a longer-term perspective, and will allow students to understand why human interference in the climate system may be a legitimate cause for concern. Emphasis is placed on how Earth materials (ice, rocks, sediments, landforms, biological materials) record past climate changes, the techniques used to extract this ‘palaeoenvironmental information’, and the principles that govern how this information is interpreted. Most of the subject will run prior to the start of semester one and be based around a field trip to the South Island of New Zealand. A pre-field trip essay will give students the basic background to the nature of Quaternary palaeoclimate. A series of lectures (held in New Zealand) will then cover the theoretical aspects of the subject in more detail, providing an important primer to the field work. The field component itself focuses on how particular environments (coastal, lake, fluvial, cave, and glacial) preserve evidence of past climate change. A further series of lectures and practicals will be conducted during the first 6 weeks of semester, and will focus on the nature of palaeoclimate data and how these are processed and interpreted. By the end of the subject, students will not only appreciate the dynamics of Earth’s past climate and the mechanisms that have forced it, but also the way in which we practice this important and growing field of study.
The estimated cost of the field trip is in the vicinity of $900. The field trip will take place in the weeks immediately prior to the first week of Semester 1.
At the completion of this subject, students will have achieved the following objectives:
|Prescribed Texts:|| |
William Ruddiman 2nd Ed (2008) Earth’s Climate: past and future. WH Freeman, New York.
Michael Bender (2013) Paleoclimate, Princeton University Press; Thomas Cronin (2010) Paleoclimates: understanding climate change past and present, Columbia University Press.
|Breadth Options:|| |
This subject is not available as a breadth subject.
|Fees Information:||Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date|
Master of Science (Geography) |
Environmental Geographies, Politics and Cultures major |
Environments Discipline subjects
Science-credited subjects - new generation B-SCI and B-ENG.
Selective subjects for B-BMED
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