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MST1207 : Introductory Oceanography

Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0

Aims

To provide a multidisciplinary introduction to oceanography. To introduce students to the fundamental features of ocean geology, seawater properties, and circulation, and the fundamental interactions between environmental factors and marine life, which determine the distribution of primary production on global scales. To appreciate the role of the oceans in the Earth system on global scales.

Outline Of Syllabus

Lectures covering the following themes:

1. History of Earth and oceans; bathymetry, plate tectonics and sedimentation.
2. The oceans and the global water cycle; seawater composition and properties
3. Global heat budget, atmospheric circulation, ocean currents and deep circulation
4. Coastal circulation, sediment transport and estuarine processes.
5. Geographical and seasonal patterns of marine primary production; major controls of primary production
6. Revision Session. Dedicated revision session aimed at preparing students for the exam.

Teaching Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Assessment Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

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