The goal of this course is to provide a solid foundation of knowledge about the physical processes dictating the oceans movements. We begin by looking at the structure of the atmosphere, the main thermodynamic principals governing water, and the properties of sea water to formulate how these three areas influence ocean circulation. Next, we take a close look at the chemical composition of sea water and use these properties as ocean tracers to reinforce what we have learned about ocean circulation. Finally, by combining our knowledge of ocean circulation and chemical content, we examine primarily through laboratory exercises where primary producers thrive in ocean waters.
AY 2016 - 2017