EAS 1160 - The Ice Age: The Consequences of Glaciation and Deglaciation on Climatic Change

Summer. 3 credits. Student option grading.

C. Griggs.

A look at climate change from the last glacial maximum to its demise, and the causes, dynamics, and mechanisms of glaciation and deglaciation on climatic and environmental conditions. Oceanic, geologic, and atmospheric and environmental aspects are included, as well as the development of our current proxy records and understanding, and questions yet to be answered, including the start of the next ice age.

Outcome 1: Students will be introduced to large-scale natural climate change from the movement of earth over the Quaternary period, and their relationship to changes in different geographic regions around the planet.

Outcome 2: Students will learn about proxy records and the assumptions used in their interpretations, to understand the importance of multi-faceted records in better interpretation of climate change.

Outcome 3: Students will also learn about the past 24,000 years of glaciation and deglaciation which will help in comprehending the normality of climate change.

Outcome 4: Students will have a better perspective on both long and short-term natural climate change which will aid in assessments of our need, capability, and potential for mitigating anthropogenic impact on climate change.

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