Oceans and CO2, from past to present to future

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General information

This course will cover key aspects of ocean chemistry associated with the biogeochemical functioning of the planet and global changes of today and the past, with insight on the carbon cycle and its anthropogenic perturbation. We will do so by learning what kind of information can be extracted from paleoclimate archives (deep sea sediments, corals, ice..), and by focusing on specific problems such as the progressive acidification of the oceans due to the marine absorption of atmospheric CO2. It is intended that students learn to interpret, to critically read and draw new hypothesis of the scientific literature.

Programme information: 

Day 1: The climate system: Natural archives of past environmental conditions
Day 2: Orbital forcing: Glacial – Interglacial variability; Abrupt changes and the thermohaline circulation.
Day 3: The marine carbon cycle in the past
Day 4: Ocean acidification; Modern trends of global change, the IPCC effort.
Day 5: Practical sessions: Discussion of recent scientific papers, practical exercises, internet resources, software

Contact Person: Francisco José Machín Jiménez (info@barcelona-ocean.com)


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Venue: Institute of Marine Sciences
Barcelona, Spain

The Institute of Marine Sciences is located in Barcelona’s Villa Olimpica District between the Hospital del Mar and the Olympic Towers. 
Institut de Ciències del Mar
Passeig Marítim de la Barceloneta, 37-49



Full price of this course is 255€. A reduced registration fee of 215€ is applied for early registrations (20 days before the opening of the course).

  • Background on experimental sciences
  • Access to a computer for homework

Application Procedure:

Use the ADD TO CARD button on the course's website to book a place and make your payment.


Students attending to at least 80% of the classes will receive a certificate confirming their participation in the course, signed by the Barcelona Ocean responsible person and by the Lecturers of the course.


Academic level: Master, PhD, Lifelong Learning
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