EESC 4463 Paleoclimate Dynamics (Spring: 3 )
Earth’s climate has exhibited rich variability on all space and time scales over its 4.5 billion year history, which provides valuable context for understanding modern climate change. Rather than taking a cursory look at this entire history, this course will more deeply explore such variability by focusing on the examination of three important and unresolved problems: the toggling between glacial and interglacial conditions over the past two million years, the remarkably abrupt climate changes seen throughout the last glacial period, and the relatively stability of climate over the past 10,000 years. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the forcings, feedbacks, and other processes responsible for producing these changes, as well as the mechanisms linking various regions and components of the climate system. Class time will be split into lectures, problem sets, and paper discussions.
Instructor(s): Jeremy Shakun
Last Updated: 04-Apr-17