Ice Age Earth

Module code: L7029
Level 5
15 credits in spring teaching
Teaching method: Lecture, Practical
Assessment modes: Essay, Coursework

This module examines the ways in which the Earth's environmental and climatic processes have changed during the recent Ice Ages; approximately the last 2.6 million years.

You explore the physical, biological and chemical evidence for these past changes using a range of different records (including ocean sediments, ice cores, stable isotopes and fossil plants and insects), and couple this with an assessment of natural forcing mechanisms, geological dating techniques and earth-surface processes.

This broad, interdisciplinary approach provides a valuable 'palaeo' perspective from which to evaluate the evidence for 21st century global warming and associated environmental change, and will be attractive to students of Physical Geography and the Environmental, as well as Biological sciences.

Module learning outcomes

  • Understand the evidence for, rates, causes and consequences of Ice Age (i.e. Quaternary) environmental change
  • Integrate and critically interpret different types of palaeoenvironmental data in order to reconstruct Quaternary environments
  • Appreciate the methodology, applications and problems of different palaeoenvironmental techniques