This course focuses on the natural science aspects of climate change during the prehistoric times with focus on the glacial and the deglaciation. You gain an understanding of past climate variability, including its underlying causes and mechanisms as a basis for separating natural and anthropogenic climate change and for making useful projections of future climate and assessing its impacts. The course focuses on pre-human times, and the 100,000 year old Greenlandic ice sheet provides an ideal case study.
I would not be able to experience similar academics at my home university purely because of the DIS professors’ experience in ice core and climate research. They took us to their research center, the Center for Ice & Climate, to ice cores on a field study. It’s an amazing place full of scientists passionate about the climate system! The professors’ enthusiasm really rubbed off and I was able to appreciate the data in a deeper context through their first-hand experience with the research. The Greenland study tour was the best experience. Amazing, wonderful, fantastic just can’t capture the experience! I would encourage any student interested in climate change and scientific adventures to take this new program.
Note: Sune Olander Rasmussen is no longer a DIS faculty member.
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