Paleoceanography and paleoclimatology I

Undergraduate 3rd year – 15 credits, Course code GG5113
Start Fall term period 2
Language: English

The course addresses the development of paleoceanography and paleoclimatology as research fields, the evolution of the ocean basins, the archives: marine sediments, correlation and time scales, the modern climate system including ocean and atmosphere circulation, the hydrosphere, cryosphere and biogeogeochemical cycles, the physical, chemical and biological proxy tools, and trends and events in the evolution of the ocean- and atmosphere systems over the past 150  million years.

The preliminary schedule for HT17 is now available


Course Director
Helen Coxall, Geological Sciences, photo: Eva DalinHelen Coxall
Department of Geological Sciences

Stockholm University
106 91 Stockholm


Admission requirements

Knowledge equivalent to 90 credits whereof at least 60 credits in Geology or Geoscience, including Marine geological and geophysical mapping methods 7.5 credits (GG4121), alternatively Marine geoscientific research methods 7.5 credits (GG4021), and Sediments and sedimentary rocks 7.5 credits (GG4020).


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Available only in Swedish.

Schedule 2017

Provisional schedule now available. Click on PDF link.

Some important dates for 2017–2018

Course start date: Tuesdau 31 Nov. 2017.

Final day before Christmas break: Thursday 14 Dec. (9.00–12.00)

First on-site teaching day after Christmas: Monday 8 Jan.

Course end date: Friday 12 January 2018.

Course description

Detailed description of Paleoceanography and paleoclimatology-I course.

Course literature

Earth's Climate: Past and Future, W.F. Ruddiman, 2014
W.H. Freeman, 3rd ed
ISBN: 9781429255257
– required, available as SU library e-bok

K. St John, R.M. Leckie, K. Pound, M. Jones, L. Krissek, 2012
Reconstructing Earth's Climate History: inquiry-based exercises for lab and class
John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
ISBN 9780470658085 (hardback)
ISBN 9781118232941 (paper)
ISBN 9781119959892 (E-book)
– recommended

See the PDF for an extended literature list.

Field trip

A 2-day visit to the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) Core Repository at Bremen University, Germany, for visual descriptions of deep sea sediment cores

Week 48: Sun 26 to Wed 29 November 2017 (2 days onsite + 2 travel days).


Assessment and course requirements

Participate in all group activities and complete set exercises to a satisfactory standard.

– Achieve a minimum of an E grade (50%) in the course exam (Wed 17 November 2017, 10.15–15.00)

– Achieve a minimum of an E grade (50%) in the IODP Core-Assignment written report (submission deadline Wed 10 January 2018).





Department of Geological Sciences
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