The course “Sedimentary Basin Records of Earth’s Climate” is targeted toward advanced Natural Sciences (particularly Geosciences) students. It combines offerings from faculty of four FORTHEM partners. In our draft plan these comprise:
1.Universities of Mainz and Valencia faculty will teach students to interpret past Earth environments and the ages of geological units from sedimentological (deposit physical characteristics, permeability, chemical composition/protolith) and fossil records. They will also teach students to unravel the effects of tectonic deformation to determine original depositional geometries, and understand the relationship of the current to paleo-depositional position of the units on Earth’s surface.
2.University of Palermo faculty will teach how calcareous plankton records during the last glacial show the ready response of marine ecosystems to abrupt suborbital climate changes, as an example of the interplay among biological, atmospheric, oceanographic and cryosphere systems.They will also teach about the evolution of the Mediterranean Sea and surrounding land areas during abrupt climate changes of the last glacial and the Holocene, under different oceanographic circulation patterns and atmospheric forcing modes.
3.University of Burgundy faculty will teach how an environmental signal (temperature, salinity) is captured by the isotopic composition of different biological archives (corals, foraminifera, bivalves, fish, ...), how to assess the preservation of the original signal, and what are the limits of the methods. They will learn how to interpret isotopic records (mainly oxygen and carbon isotopes) of different fossils, both ectotherms and endotherms, with examples both from marine and continental environments.
The course is planned to take place in 2022.