OCEAN 210 | Autumn 2018

Integrative Oceans 2018

Credits: 4

Instructor(s): Dr. Adam Summers

Prerequisites:

This course is offered as part of the Marine Biology Quarter in Autumn, 2018.

The objectives of this course are to learn the patterns of, and processes that cause, the large scale circulation of currents in the surface ocean and deep sea. The ocean’s circulation plays a very important role in controlling the earth’s climate. We will learn how to use observations (data) to answer oceanographic questions quantitatively in addition to qualitatively (problem solving skills). Our focus is on the large-scale circulation of the ocean. Topics include temperature-salinity analysis; water mass identification; water, salt, and heat budgets; chemical tracer distributions; advection and diffusion; ocean-atmosphere interactions; El Niño-Southern Oscillation; ocean circulation and climate change.

Recommended textbook: Ocean Circulation, 2nd Edition, Angela Colling.