Physical, chemical, and biological ocean processes and interaction with climate and food-webs.
Subject: Earth and Ocean Sciences
Year / Level: 3
Theme(s): Climate Science; Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation
Physical, chemical, and biological processes in the ocean and their interaction with climate and marine food-webs.
At the end of the semester, a student that does the readings, reviews the course material, participates in the classroom and devotes time to the assignments and group project should be able to:
- DESCRIBE the processes that control the fates (sinking, remineralization & transfer to upper trophic levels) of marine primary productivity
- DESCRIBE the ocean's role in heat transfer and heat storage within the global climate system
- EXPLAIN how physical, chemical and biological processes in the ocean control atmospheric CO2
- DESCRIBE the physical, chemical and biological impacts that anthropogenic CO2 & climate change are having on the ocean
- EXPLAIN the presence of swift western boundary currents using vorticity arguments
- DESCRIBE the dynamic balances and movement characteristics of Rossby and Kelvin Waves
"I aim to empower students to develop solutions for sustainable seas and climate resilience in marine ecosystems."