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Educational resource Can we use mud to understand climate change?

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Can we use mud to understand climate change?

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Climate: Past, Present & Future (CL)
Ocean Sciences (OS)


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Professor David Thornalley from University College London, in the UK, has been using data from ocean floor mud to understand how the Atlantic Ocean has changed over thousands of years into the past and how it may change in the future due to climate change. His data show that the ocean’s circulation has been weakening, probably as a result of human-caused warming.

This brochure introduces David’s work, offers an insight into careers in climate science, contains an interview with Davide and includes an activity sheet that challenges students to explore the effects of climate change on the oceans.