Palaeoceanography provides an overview of ocean and climate history through time, including an introduction to the main proxies (geochemical and palaeontological) used to reconstruct past ocean environments.
Coordinator: Prof. Bridget Wade
- Module details
Title Palaeoceanography UG Code GEOL0044 Coordinator Prof. Bridget Wade Other Contributors Various Term 1 Credit 15 credits Written Exam 60% Coursework 40% Pre-Requisites None Maths & Stats Content and Requirement Total Number of Hours of Student Work 188 hours Hours of Lectures/Seminars 40 (4 hours per week) hours Hours of Practicals/Problem Classes 20 hours Hours of Tutorials As needed for the practical assignments Days of Fieldwork 0 Other Categorizing Student Performance Levels
Ocean basin structure and marine sediments; General circulation of the oceans; wind driven and thermohaline circulation; Primary production, nutrients and the marine carbon cycle; Life in the oceans; Micropalaeontological and geochemical proxies for temperature, productivity, weathering and circulation; Pre-Cenozoic palaeoceanography, including 'oceanic anoxic events'; K/T boundary; Early Cenozoic warmth and hyperthermals; the transition from the Greenhouse to the Icehouse world,'; fluctuations in climate and ice volume in the Neogene; the glacial world.
To introduce key principles of oceanography, the proxies used for palaeoceanography and the history and evolution of Cretaceous to Recent oceans, through case studies.
- temperature and productivity of the oceans;
- controls on biogenic sedimentation;
- the development and history of oceanic circulation;
- understanding of analytical techniques used to obtain that knowledge.