cod. 18006

Academic year 2011/12
2° year of course - Second semester
Academic discipline
Geologia stratigrafica e sedimentologica (GEO/02)
Discipline geologiche e paleontologiche
Type of training activity
24 hours
of face-to-face activities
4 credits
course unit

Integrated course unit module: GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE

Learning objectives

The course provides the students with basic knowledge of the scientific issues related to global climate change and its social and economic implications. The course also provides scientific and methodologic knowledges on the cause, modality and timing of natural climate changes and their impact on ecosystems through the study of natural archives records


basic geology

Course unit content

- the global climate system (atmosphere chemistry and dynamics, ocean-atmosphere interactions)
- greenhouse definition
- greenhouse gases and their global cycles
- atmosphere pollutants
- short term climate change (decadal, centennial) from natural and historical archives
- natural and anthropogenic climate forcings
- climate change and human kind history
- scenarios of future climate changes
- climate risk
- policy and action for climate risk mitigation
- the Kyoto protocol
- time scales of environmental changes
- palaeoclimatic research: methodologies and natural archives (ice cores, sedimentary successions, O and C isotope curves, dendrochronology, forums, calcareous nannoplancton, pollen)
- factors controlling global climate change at different time scale
- global tectonics and climate
- Milankovitch cycles
- sub-Milankovitch climate variability
- Quaternary climate history

Full programme

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Ruddiman W.F. Earth's climate, Past and Future (second edition) - W.H. Freeman and Company, New York

Williams M., Dunkerley D., De Deckker P., Kershaw P. & Chappell J. – Quaternary Environments (second edition) – Arnold, London

G. De Leo, G. Fiorese, G. Guariso - Energia e salute della Terra - Fondazione Achille e Giulia Boroli

A. Navarra e A. Pinchera – Il Clima – Laterza, Bari

Ryan W. & Pitman W. - Noah’s Flood – Simon & Schuster, London

Roberts N. – The Holocene – Blackwell Publishers

Lovelock J. - La rivolta di Gaia - Rizzoli

Ruddiman W. - L'aratro, la peste, il petrolio - Università Bocconi Editore

Teaching methods

frontal lessons, seminars

Assessment methods and criteria

seminars, oral examination

Other information

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