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Climate change history

Bachelor’s level
7,5 credits (ECTS)
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Full education cost: 14 875 SEK
First payment: 14 875 SEK

No fees are charged for EU and EEA citizens, Swedish residence permit holders and exchange students.

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The course, which requires full time studies, consists of two parts.

Part 1: Theory

This part of the course aims at deepening the knowledge of past climate change and variability on different time/space scales, and the mechanisms behind these. We will critically examine the various archives (climate proxies) used to interpret climate beyond the observational records. We will focus on climate variability of the last 2000 years, and how these have affected societies. This include the important aspect of what climate is estimated. We will have in-depth discussions of short-term climate and weather events (extremes) as well as longer period of climate change, such as the Medieval Climate Anomaly and the Little Ice age. This will allow us to understand how humans and societies have responded to, and coped with, climate change in the past.

Part 2: Group project

Working in groups, the aim of this project is to estimate the timing of distinct human influence on climate, i.e.the transition from pre-industrial to anthropogenic climate, for different regions using various high-resolution proxy data. The results will be orally presented at a seminar in form of a short written report.

Prerequisites and selection


Qualifications corresponding to 120 credits in Earth Sciences, Geography or Environmental Sciences, of which 75% of the course must at least have the grade Pass and Ma D or the equivalent. Knowledge of Earth system sciences corresponding to GV1410 Earth System Sciences, 30 credits, or GE0400 Geography Introductory level, 30 credits, or NGN160 Atmospheric science, 7,5 credits, all with the grade at least Pass.


Selection is based upon the number of credits from previous university studies, maximum 225 credits.

For admission to the summer 2021 and onward the following selection applies: selection is based upon the number of credits from previous university studies, maximum 165 credits.