MSc Environmental Monitoring, Modelling and Reconstruction
Year of entry: 2023
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Course unit details:
Mediterranean Quaternary Landscapes
|Unit level||FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 2|
|Available as a free choice unit?||Yes|
Provides students with an understanding of Quaternary climate and landscape change within the context of case studies from the Mediterranean region.
- To appreciate the significance of the Mediterranean region for understanding the impacts of environmental change
- To provide a detailed understanding of the nature, causes and impacts of Mediterranean environmental change during the Quaternary
- To assess, critically, the evidence for environmental change preserved in a range of Mediterranean environments
- To consider Quaternary environments and landscape dynamics in the Mediterranean region within the broader context of long-term changes in global geography
On completion of this course students should be able to:
- Critically evaluate the main ideas which seek to explain the causes of Mediterranean landscape change during the Quaternary;
- Appreciate the diversity and complexity of long-term records of environmental and landscape change and their contribution to our understanding of Quaternary environments;
- Understand the major linkages between long-term climate change (including abrupt climate change) and the response of ecosystems and landscapes with reference to case studies from the Mediterranean region.
Teaching and learning methods
The course will be delivered via lectures and seminar discussions with a wide range of case studies. The style will be interactive with class discussion, consolidation sessions and revision exercises. The web pages for the Quaternary Environments and Geoarchaeology research group provide a valuable list of online resources: http://www.sed.manchester.ac.uk/geography/research/qeg/
- Analytical skills
- Problem solving
- Written communication
- Understanding context of global climate change; climate science; geomorphology; sedimentology; geological hazards; data analysis; critical thinking Knowledge from this course is directly relevant for positions at a wide range of institutions in the private and public sector, including: major sand and gravel aggregate companies; environmental consultancies; major global consultancies (in climate risk departments); in the water resources sector; the oil and mineral sector; education at a range of levels.
Coursework essay (100%) – MSc level
Feedback will be provided in the following ways:
- verbal feedback through discussion in lecture classes and seminars
- verbal feedback on any course unit issue through consultation hours or by appointment;
- detailed written feedback on coursework
Reading on Ice Age Environments:
Anderson, D.E., Goudie, A.S., Parker, A.G. (2013) Global Environments through the Quaternary: Exploring Environmental Change. Oxford University Press (Second Edition).
Lowe, J.J. and Walker, M.J.C. (2006) Reconstructing Quaternary Environments. London, Pearson Education Limited (Second Edition).
Williams, M.A.J., Dunkerley, D.L., DeDekker, P., Kershaw, A.P. and Chappell, J. (1998) Quaternary Environments. London, Arnold (Second Edition).
Reading on Quaternary Ice Age Environments in the Mediterranean:
Woodward, J.C. (2009) (Editor) The Physical Geography of the Mediterranean. Oxford, Oxford University Press.
Boreas, Geology, Science, Nature, Journal of Quaternary Science, Quaternary Research, Quaternary Science Reviews, Global and Planetary Change, Geoarchaeology: An International Journal
Recommended reading with commentaries will be provided for each topic via Blackboard.
|Scheduled activity hours|
|Independent study hours|
|PHILIP Hughes||Unit coordinator|
|William Fletcher||Unit coordinator|
|Matthew Tomkins||Unit coordinator|
1) Ice Age Geography: An Introduction
2) Climate change during the Quaternary Ice Age
3) Reconstructing the Ice Age past
4) Geochronology: dating the past
5) Terrestrial records of change
6) The Mediterranean marine record
7) Explosive volcanism in the Mediterranean
8) Rapid ecosystem change in the Mediterranean
9) Pleistocene rivers in the Mediterranean
10) Revision session
+ 2 study weeks
Teaching will comprise a weekly 2 hour class with a 1 hour seminar.