Late Holocene Climate Variability

Spring 2009, 3 ECTS

Updated: 16 Mar 2009

1. Title

Late Holocene climate variability (3 ECTS)

2. Short description

The course will be based on chapter 6 in the latest IPCC report (2007), focusing on the last two thousand years. Each day of the course will have a special theme, e.g. paleoclimate modeling. A lecture is given during the morning (which will be open to other than the PhD students). In the afternoon there will be discussion seminars based on Ch.6 in IPCC and papers that the lecturer have selected for the students to read beforehand.

The following topics will be covered:

The course is free of charge.

3. Location and dates

The course will be located at department of Earth Sciences, University of Gothenburg. The course starts at March 16th and ends on March 20th.

4. Aim of the course

The course will focus on interpretations of climate variability in the last few millennia from climate proxy data. Some of the leading scientists in paleoclimatology from Europe will provide insight to a range of climate indicators, climate proxies, which have provided much of the information we have about past climates. The benefits and limitations of climate indicators (such as tree rings and ice cores), as well as climate models, will be explored. In light of this, the reliability of recent reconstructions of global temperatures will be assessed.

5. Target group and entry requirements

The target group for the course is PhD students with interest in paleoclimatology. Entry requirements are basic knowledge of climatology. Students are recommended to read chapter 6 in the latest IPCC report before the course starts. For each 'theme' the students will have a selection of articles to read before the seminars, these will be available on the course homepage.

6. Course organizers

The Regional Climate Group (RCG), Department of Earth Sciences, Gothenburg University; Associate Professor Hans Linderholm (

7. Teaching staff

Professor Gerrit Lohman, Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research; Professor Juerg Luterbacher, University of Bern; Dr David Frank, Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape; Dr Eduardo Zorita, GKSS Research Center; Dr Bo Vinther, Centre for Ice and Climate.

8. Course programme & Literature

16/3: Gerrit Lohmann ( Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research ) : General Introduction into Paleoclimate dynamics. 18/3: David Frank (Palaeoclimatology Group, Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL) : Climate reconstructions from Tree-rings. 19/3: Eduardo Zorita (GKSS Research Centre, Geesthacht ) : Applications of climate models for paleoclimate research. 20/3: Bo Vinther (Centre for Ice and Climate, University of Copenhagen) : Detailed Holocene ice core records from Greenland - resolving variations on time scales from seasons to millennia.

9. Registration

To apply, send an email to Hans Linderholm at with name and affiliation and short description of PhD project. Dead-line for registration March 13th 2009.