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, lab exercises and a literature seminary with a particular focus on marine (multi-)proxy applications of Enviromagnetics


Course participants master 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 out of all courses


written exam


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.