[pccgrads] Paleoclimate Proxies (OCEAN/ESS/ATMOS 554)-Winter 2016
w/ Julian Sachs
uwpcc at u.washington.edu
Mon Nov 23 13:49:35 PST 2015
Last taught in Spring 2012, the course is being taught next quarter (winter
2016) by Julian Sachs <http://faculty.washington.edu/jsachs/> (OCN).
The timeschedule should have the course available for registration soon.
Approximate time slot: T/Th 2:00-3:20 PM
In OCN 425
Climate proxies are sources of climate information from natural archives
such as sediment cores, ice cores, corals, and tree rings. Because the
instrumental record of climate is short, spanning the last few decades in
most places, the geologic record is the only source of climate data for
evaluating natural variability on decadal-to-centennial (and longer) time
scales. An enormous variety of paleoclimate indicators are in use. Some
provide quantitative information on a specific climate variable, such as sea
surface temperature. Many others provide qualitative information on one or
more variables. The goal of this course is to critically evaluate the
robustness and limitations of the most commonly applied climate proxies from
the ocean, land and ice sheets. The 3-credit class will consist of lectures
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