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ESC3291 - Climates in geological time

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Science

Leader: Dr Roberto Weinberg


Clayton First semester 2007 (Day)


This unit addresses the record of climate change as preserved in the geological record. It assesses why and how climates have changed, the timescale of climate change, and the interactions between geological processes, atmospheric change, and the evolution of life on Planet Earth. The unit forms the basis of informing of the nature of natural climate variability, from which anthropogenic impacts can be differentiated.


On completion of this unit students will gain understanding of the complex interactions that have controlled climate fluctuations, and the consequent impacts on life, throughout geological time. Students will be able to use the scientific method and a variety of sources to understand the climate record as background to assessing modern changes.


Written 3 hour exam (60%), assessed practicals (20%), research assignment and oral presentation (20%).

Contact hours

2 hours of lectures and 3 hour practicals per week


ESC1011 or ENV1011 or GES1000 plus 12 points of science at level two.