ZX602 Reconstruction of the past climate and environmental changes from different proxy data

Faculty of Science
autumn 2017
Extent and Intensity
4/0/0. 6 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
doc. Mgr. Daniel Nývlt, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Ulf Büntgen, PhD (lecturer)
Mgr. Jarmila Burianová, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
prof. RNDr. Rudolf Brázdil, DrSc.
Department of Geography - Earth Sciences Section - Faculty of Science
Contact Person: Mgr. Jarmila Burianová, Ph.D.
Supplier department: Department of Geography - Earth Sciences Section - Faculty of Science
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.

The capacity limit for the course is 10 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 0/10, only registered: 0/10
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
Introduction to various types of proxydata and their use in the reconstructions of the environmental changes in the past and in the predictions of the future.
Learning outcomes
Student will learn about the different types of proxydata, what kind of information we can obtain and use for the analyses of the past. Student will also learn how the history of the environment projects into its present and the future state.
  • 1) Dating methods used in palaeoclimatic reconstructions
    2) Geological proxy data 1 - Marine sediments
    3) Geological proxy data 2 - Lacustrine sediments
    4) Geological proxy data 3 - Loess/Paleosol sequences
    5) Geological proxy data 4 - Speleothems
    6) Other Geo(morpho)logical proxy data
    7) Glaciological proxy data
    8) Glacier fluctuations
    9) Biological proxy data 1 - incremental methods - tree rings, corals, tooth increments etc.
    10) Biological proxy data 2 - pollen, diatoms, insects, plant macroremains
    11) Biological proxy data 3 - molluscs and bones
    12) Historical proxy data 1 - potential and limitations
    13) Historical proxy data 2 - observed - anomalies, natural hazards, weather situations, daily weather
    14) Historical proxy data 3 - early measured - pressure, temperature, precip., water-gauge....
    15) Historical proxy data 4 - organic - plant phenology, yield of vine, time of grain and vine harvest, sugar content of wine...
    16) Historical proxy data 5 - non-organic - water levels, snow fall, freezing of water bodies...
    17) Historical proxy data 6 - pictorial, epigraphical
    18) Methods of analysis - indices, calibration, verification, reconstruction
    19) Quaternary glacial-interglacial cyclicity
    20) Climate during the Holocene - multiple proxies
  • Selected literature for individual topics
Teaching methods
Reading a study, presentation, discussion
Assessment methods
Grading of the presentation and of the active participation in the discussion.
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Study Materials
The course is taught each semester.
The course is taught: in blocks.
Note related to how often the course is taught: reading course.
General note: pouze pro zahraniční studenty (Erasmus plus).
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2015, Spring 2016, Autumn 2016, Spring 2017, spring 2018, Autumn 2018, Spring 2019, Autumn 2019, Spring 2020, Autumn 2020, Spring 2021.
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