Paleoceanography OpenCourseWare: A Free Online Graduate Study Course on Climate Change by MIT

Published Jan 19, 2009

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A graduate analysis of climate change with regard to oceanic history is offered in 'Paleoceanography,' which is an OpenCourseWare program offered through the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). This free course focuses on recent climate changes while surveying various techniques for analyzing paleoceanographic data. Students seeking a master's degree in Earth Science will find valuable information throughout this course.

Paleoceanography: Course Specifics

Degree Level Free Audio Video Downloads
Graduate Yes No No Yes

Lectures/Notes Study Materials Tests/Quizzes
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Paleoceanography: Course Description

The Earth's oceans represent a vast portion of the planet, and their history stands as one of the most essential studies in Earth Science, especially due to the growing concern of climate change. Through the analysis of various data, students will explore historical occurrences of climate change as they apply to different oceanic regions. This course begins with an introductory outline of major paleoceanographic and paleoclimatic events and continues with other topics, such as oxygen isotope paleoclimatology, glacial oscillations and Cenozoic paleoceanography. This OpenCourseWare is based on instruction originally delivered by Professor Edward Boyle that emphasizes evidence of climate change in sea levels and ice cores. Students can access a comprehensive set of lecture notes and problem set homework assignments mathematically outlining some aspects of paleoceanography pertaining to this OpenCourseWare.

Lecture notes and homework assignments are made available for free online. Students interested in this OpenCourseWare should visit the Paleoceanography course home page.

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