Reconstructing Earth's Climate History

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Book coverThe context for understanding global climate change today lies in the records of Earth's past. This is demonstrated by decades of paleoclimate research by scientists in organizations such as the Integrated ocean Drilling (IODP), the Antarctic Geological Drilling Program (ANDRILL), and many others.

The purpose of this book is to put key data and published case studies of past climate change at your fingertips, so that you can experience the nature of paleoclimate reconstruction. 

Using foundational geologic concepts you will explore a wide variety of topics in this book, including: marine sediments, age determination, stable isotope paleoclimate proxies, Cenozoic climate change, climate cycles, polar climates, and abrupt warming and cooling events. You will evaluate published scientific data, practice developing and testing hypotheses, and infer the broader implications of scientific results. It is our philosophy that addressing how we know is as important as addressing what we know about past climate change. Making climate change science accessible is the goal of this book.


-- Full color throughout

-- Authoritative source (Based on ANDRILL and other internationally recognized data sources) and teaching material developed in conjuction with NSF

-- Ring-bind format, with tear-out exercise pages

-- Instructor’s manual available

-- Can be used in both paleoclimatology and paleoceanography practical classes