This course investigates global environmental change through geological time with a strong focus on the Holocene. It introduces students to different aspects of climate change. How do we measure present and past climates? What causes climate to change over time? How do we know about past climates? What are the consequences of changing climates? How can we predict future climates? If we understand how climate has changed throughout the Holocene and how those changes influenced humans (e.g. the demise of the Mayan culture, settling and abandonment of Greenland), we can use this knowledge to better anticipate future climate change and its impacts.
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