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2018-2019 Graduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

ERS 501 - Paleoceanography

The ocean plays a central role in regulating climate and supporting life on our planet, and it has not always operated as it does today.  Throughout Earth history the ocean has undergone dramatic changes in circulation, temperature, chemical composition, and more.  In this course, students will explore our ocean’s dynamic past, which provides insight into its present and future behavior.  We will discuss key research techniques, major discoveries, and emerging frontier in the field of paleoceanography.  Students will read and discuss key research articles each week that complement lecture material.  They will also work with both modern and paleo delegate to enhance their skills and deepen their understanding of how scientists infer paleocean conditions from geologic archives.


ERS 401 and ERS 501 cannot both be taken for credit.


This course will typically be offered in the Spring semester of odd years.

Prerequisites & Notes

Credits: 3