Environmental Magnetism

Lecturers: Tilo von Dobeneck


Every sediment on earth contains at least trace contents of magnetic iron minerals, which can be detected, quantified and analyzed by specialized magnetic bulk measurements. "Environmental Magnetism" is a synonym for the very successful approach to derive source, sedimentation and diagenesis history from rock magnetic sediment properties.

This course will comprise lectures on rock magnetic principles, a lab visit and a literature seminary with a particular focus on marine (multi-)proxy applications of Enviromagnetics


Course participants understand the basic theory and methodology of sediment magnetism and are able to plan, realize and interpret enviromagnetic analyses of marine sediment series in the context of paleoceanographic and paleoclimatological issues.


Modul exam (written) on selected topics from all module courses

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Michael E. Evans & Friedrich Heller (2003) Environmental Magnetism - Principles and Applications of Enviromagnmetics. Academic Press, 299 pp.

Barbara A. Maher & Roy Thompson (1999) Quaternary Climates, Environments and Magnetism. Cambridge University Press, 390 pp.


1st SWS: Introduction to Rock and Environmental Magnetism
2nd SWS: Proxy Parameters of Environmental Magnetism
3rd SWS: Magnetic signatures of marine sediment provenance
4th SWS: Magnetic mineral depletion by reductive diagenesis
5th SWS: Marine magnetic markers of terrestrial climates
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