Description of Individual Course Units
Course Unit CodeCourse Unit TitleType of Course UnitYear of StudySemesterNumber of ECTS Credits
703004052014CLIMATE CHANGESCompulsory473
Level of Course Unit
First Cycle
Objectives of the Course
This course employs a systems approach to understanding earth’s physical environment by examining the large-scale components and processes of the earth system. Understanding the interaction of these elements and their natural variability in space and time. Content will emphasize climate change dynamics, biogeochemical cycles, and land use patterns and their feedback relationships with the atmosphere, hydrosphere and lithosphere.
Name of Lecturer(s)
Prof. Dr. Ecmel ERLAT
Learning Outcomes
1To be able to describe the climate forcings and feedback process as well as complex interactions with the various components of the climate system.
2To be able to describe palaeoclimate proxies and dating methods.
3To provide a sound the key terminology pertaining to the climates of the past
Mode of Delivery
Face to Face
Prerequisites and co-requisities
None
Recommended Optional Programme Components
None
Course Contents
This course topics includes: The geoscience’s perspective on the earth's climate system. Climate processes and feedbacks, climate change throughout geologic time
Weekly Detailed Course Contents
WeekTheoreticalPracticeLaboratory
1Introduction to the course, Climate and Weather Some Definitions, The Earth’s Climate Machine
2Climate forcings and feedbacks
3Solar irradiance changes and climate change
4Astronomical periodicities and climate change
5Tectonic processes and climate change
6Volcanic eruptions and climate change, greenhouse gas concentration changes (natural and anthropogenic)
7The climatic records
8Mid-term (Visa
9Pre-Quaternary Climates: Earth’s major ice ages (Huronian Snowball Earth Andean-Saharan Karoo ice age)
10Quaternary Climates: Pleistocene Glacials and Interglacials
11Holocene Climates: The Younger Dryas Event, Mid-Holocene Thermal Maximum
12Late Holocene Neoglacial Fluctuations: Warm Middle Ages
13Late Holocene Neoglacial Fluctuations: The Little Ice Age
1420th century: The Enhanced Greenhouse Effect, Observed Climate Variations
15Surface Temperatures Variations, Precipitation Variations, Other Climatic Variations
16Final
Recommended or Required Reading
Alverson K.D., Bradley R.S. and Pedersen T.F. (eds.) 2003. Paleoclimate, Global Change and the Future. The IGBP Series, Springer-Verlag, New York. Barry R.G. and Chorley R. J. 1998. Atmosphere, Weather and Climate (7th edn), Routledge, London. Bell M. and Walker M.J.C. 2005. Late Quaternary Environmental Change: Physical and Human Perspectives, (2nd edition). Pearson/Prentice Hall. Burroughs W.J. 2007. Climate Change: A Multidisciplinary Approach, (2nd edition). Cambridge University Press. Cronin T.M. 2009. Paleoclimates: Understanding Climate Change Past and Present. Columbia University Press. Erlat E. 2009. İklim Sistemi ve İklim Değişmeleri. Ege Üniversitesi Edebiyat Fakültesi Yayınları No: 155, İzmir. Houghton J., 2009. Global Warming: The Complete Briefing, (4th edition). Cambridge University Press. IPCC, 2007: Climate Change 2007: The Physical Science Basis. Contribution of Working Group I to the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, eds. S. Solomon, D. Qin, M. Manning et al. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press. Ruddiman, W.F., 2001, Earth’s Climate: Past and Future. W.H. Freeman. Schönwiese C. D. 2005. Climate Variations (Observed Global Climate) Eds. M. Hante (Springer Publications)
Planned Learning Activities and Teaching Methods
Assessment Methods and Criteria
Term (or Year) Learning ActivitiesQuantityWeight
Midterm Examination1100
SUM100
End Of Term (or Year) Learning ActivitiesQuantityWeight
Final Examination1100
SUM100
Term (or Year) Learning Activities40
End Of Term (or Year) Learning Activities60
SUM100
Language of Instruction
Work Placement(s)
None
Workload Calculation
ActivitiesNumberTime (hours)Total Work Load (hours)
Midterm Examination111
Final Examination111
Criticising Paper21428
Individual Study for Mid term Examination11414
Individual Study for Final Examination11414
Reading21632
TOTAL WORKLOAD (hours)90
Contribution of Learning Outcomes to Programme Outcomes
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* Contribution Level : 1 Very low 2 Low 3 Medium 4 High 5 Very High
 
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