IMPRS-gBGC course: Paleoclimate 2018

Category: Core course
Credit points: 0.2/course day


1.  Date & Place

August 20-29, 2018
start at 9:00 a.m.
Seminar room B0.002


  • MPI-BGC: Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry, Hans-Knöll-Str. 10, 07745 Jena
  • IGW-PR1: Institute for Geosciences / Institut für Geowissenschaften, FSU Jena, Burgweg 11, room PR1

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2.  Concept

The module will provide the basic knowledge to understand how the earth system including continents, ocean currents, atmospheric circulations and life evolved and how the system is acting as a self controlled feedback system. It will demonstrate which climatic archives can be used to reconstruct palaeoclimatic information focusing on continental archives. It will provide basic knowledge to review existing datasets and interpretations. The module will consist of lectures to cover the background material and theory, lab exercises in modeling, and field techniques.



3.  Outline

Day & SlotWhereContentWho
Monday, August 20IGW-PR1Introduction to the history of earth, climate and life 
09:00-10:00 Overview on climate archivesMichael Pirrung, FSU Jena
10:00-11:00 Proxies and time seriesMichael Pirrung, FSU Jena
11:00-12:00 Data retrievalMichael Pirrung, FSU Jena
13:30-16:00 Paleoclimates of Earth historyPeter Frenzel, FSU Jena
Tuesday, August 21IGW-PR1Microfossils as paleoclimate proxiesPeter Frenzel, FSU Jena
09:00-16:00 Introduction
Overview on groups
Microscope practise
13:30-16:00 Methods and exercises
Wednesday, August 22IGW-PR1Lake sediment analysisMichael Pirrung, FSU Jena
09:00-10:00 Lake sediment as environmental archives 
10:00-11:00 Maar volcanoes & lake sediments 
11:00-12:00 Principles of polarisation microscopy 
13:30-16:00 Microscopic analysis of lake sediments
Discussion of results
Monday, August 27IGW-PR1DendrochronologyHenrik Hartmann and David Herrera, MPI-BGC
09:00-16:00 Introduction to dendrochronology
Tuesday, August 28MPI-BGC, B0.002Organic geochemistry of sediments, part IMolecular Biogeochemistry group, MPI-BGC
09:00-12:00 Introduction to Biomarkers and their Biosynthesis, Extraction and Identification methods 
13:00-16:00MPI-BGC, B1 (Lab)Practical insight of labprocedures e.g. Columnchromatography
Wednesday, August 29MPI-BGC, B0.002Organic geochemistry of sediments, part IIMolecular Biogeochemistry group, MPI-BGC
09:00-12:00 Interpretation and Measurement of Stable Isotope Ratios 
13:00-16:00MPI-BGC, B1 (Lab)Labtour (GC-FID, GC-MS, GC-IRMS)

4.  Material

Introduction, micro fossils and lake sediments by Michael Pirrung & Peter Frenzel (zip)
Exercises: Data Retrievals and Plots (pdf)
Dendrochronology by David Herrera (pdf)
Biomarkers, biosynthesis and extraction by Natalie Schröter (pdf)
Biomarkers by Su Ding (pdf)
Carbon isotope ratios by Markus Lange (pdf)
PLFAs by Markus Lange (pdf)
Biosynthesis, extraction of lipid biomarkers and chromatography by Kasun Gayantha (pdf)
Column packing by Yan Li (pdf)
Water isotopes by Yan Li (pdf)


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