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Ice Core Exercise
This exercise was developed for a paleoclimatology course in order to educate graduate students about the availability of archived paleoclimate data and provide them with the opportunity to perform analyses of these data at a near-professional level. Two datasets are accessed, one from Vostok Station, Antarctica and the other from Greenland (GRIP database). The databases are not directly comparable in terms of their measured parameters (e.g. methane, CO2, oxygen isotope, temperature differential, dust, ice age, gas age, and depth). Students are asked to formulate a question or hypothesis and to look for correlations between any two variables. Operations include importation of data, transformation to a common scale, and statistical analysis using functions available on Excel. The outcome can be in the form of a short report that describes the question, approach, supporting statistics, and outcomes. This is effectively a research experience, the only difference being that the primary data were collected from other sources. There are published results in the literature to which the students can compare their interpretations.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Graduate / Professional
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Computer activity
    • Project
  • Climatology
  • Cryology
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
This page was constructed by William Locke on Feb. 14, 2002. All text and visuals are copyrighted. Permission to use for noncommercial purposes (educational/scientific) is freely granted, with the condition of a courtesy notification via e-mail to Dr. Locke.
DLESE Catalog ID: SERC-NAGT-000-000-000-339
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Author: Dr William Locke
Montana State University, Dept. of Earth Sciences