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The International School on Applied and Integrated Stratigraphy in Dorset aims to become a leading training school devoted to the study and use of stratigraphy. The one week course is held in the excellent and new facilities of the Etches Museum.
Both professors Andy Gale and Felix Gradstein are leading experts in their respective research fields in stratigraphy, and have long experience teaching their disciplines. Form 2000 – 2008, Felix Gradstein was the chair of the International Commission in Stratigraphy; Andy Gale is the current chair of the UK Stratigraphy Commission. The Dorset course consists of approximately 12 hours of lectures and 15 hours of practical work, both with computers and in the field.
The course consists of three modules: The Geologic Time Scale and Time Scale Creator software, Principles and Applications of Cyclostratigraphy and Orbital Tuning and Principles and Applications of Chemical Stratigraphy. The course includes visits and exploration of the world famous Mesozoic sections of Dorset with many classical localities and a visit to the newly opened Etches Museum.
In the field, stratigraphic logging and modelling exercises are carried out.
The course is primarily intended for young researchers at the PhD and MsC levels of their career and industrial staff working with the stratigraphic discipline and its tools, including well logging, seismic mapping and stratigraphic analogs.