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Survey of Oceanography
Goals for Spring 2004


" Learning is not a spectator sport."

Learning requires you to be an active participant in the class. Through this course you will learn to:

  • Think critically about oceanic processes that influence our daily lives.
  • Analyze sources of information to learn more about the oceans.

By the end of the course, I expect you will be able to describe some of the important processes influencing the oceans and coastal regions.

I expect you will be able to:

  • Describe some of the key problems and processes being studied by oceanographers today.
  • Analyze the solutions to the key problems.
  • Analyze and describe the important oceanic processes.
    • What processes influence weather and climate?
    • What processes influence the abundance and distribution of marine life, especially those important for food?
    • How do pollutants get into the ocean, and what do they do?
    • What processes influence beaches and coasts?
    • Which processes are poorly understood? Which are well understood?
  • Compare and select sources of information useful for further study of oceanic processes and the influence of people on the ocean.
    • What sources exist on the web?
    • How do you determine if the source is reliable?
    • What real-time and historic data exist?
    • What measurements were used to produce the data?
    • What is the accuracy and limitations of data sets and measurements?
    • What platforms are used? Satellites, ships, drifters, moorings.

Some important problems we will study include:

  • The CO2 problem, global warming, and the role of the oceans in climate. Will global warming plunge the world into the next ice age?
  • El Niño and the role of the ocean in changing weather patterns. Does El Niño really influence all our weather? Does it cause flooding in Texas?
  • Fisheries and the sustainable resources. How many fish can be caught?
  • Coastal pollution and its consequences. What causes the dead zones off Mississippi in the summer?
  • What processes influence beaches? Why do some beaches lose so much sand that houses are destroyed?

Revised on: 5 September, 2004

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