05-MAR-1-C2 Marine Environmental Archives: Methods

Representatives: Torsten Bickert, Tilo von Dobeneck


This first of two modules on marine paleoenvironmental archives aims at introducing and applying the most important methods to describe the marine environment in the past and to understand the processes of environmental change. Proxy implementation follows the stages of proxy development, validation and application. Proxy research is strongly interdisciplinary. This module, therefore, integrates geochemical, geological, geophysical and paleontological methodology. Stratigraphic methods are very helpful in environmental studies and therefore introduced in an extra course.

Learning Outcome

- to become familiar with proxy development and application
- to gain an understanding of the most important processes in paleoenvironmental change
- to be able to apply the methods to case studies of actual research


Basic knowledge in marine geology, biogeochemistry, physical oceanography


180 hours / 9 CP

- 15 h presence in Marine ecosystems (1 SWS, 15 weeks)
- 30 h presence in Stable isotopes and trace elements (2 SWS, 15 weeks)
- 15 h presence in Terrigenous signals (1 SWS, 15 weeks)
- 15 h presence in Environmental magnetics (1 SWS, 15 weeks)
- 50 h self-study proxy principles and application
- 55 h self-study exercises, preparation of case studies


module exam (one mark): written exam


will be announced in the different courses