Climate Model Application in Paleoenvironmental Analysis
Paleoclimatology and paleoenvironmental study are a rapidly growing area of research, in part because of the recognition that Earth history provides us with “case studies” of global change. This course is intended to broadly describe the characteristics and applications of climate models and to investigate the utility of predictive models. The course is divided into five sections: (1) introduction to the climate system and climate models, and their application in sedimentary geology, including factors governing climate on geologic time scales, (2) application of climate models to investigate specific time periods in Earth history, (3) application of climate models to predict variables of specific significance to sedimentary geology, including (a) upwelling and organic carbon deposition, (b) precipitation and evaporation patterns, (c) lacustrine environments, (d) biogeography, (e) rhythmic sediments, and (f) severe storms and storm sedimentation, (4) regional paleoenvironmental studies, and (5) frontier areas, including the simultaneous examination of multiple variables, stratigraphic reconstructions from climate models, and high spatial resolution model experiments.
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