Oceanography

Course: CMM 31

Instructor: Angelika Renner

Course Catalog Description

About the Course

In this course, you’ll learn the basics of how the ocean works. We start with the physical setting and look at the formation of ocean basins and their main features. Then we look at water, fresh and salty, its properties and how they structure the ocean environment. To understand how the water is moving in the ocean, we dive into atmosphere and ocean dynamics: from air movement (aka wind) to surface ocean currents, subsurface dynamics, and deep circulation. We cover how waves and tides form and behave. Finally, we discuss the role of the ocean in the climate system both on geological time scales, the more recent past, and in the current and future development.

Instructor

I am a polar physical oceanographer with a passion for frozen, salty water. I have a strong interdisciplinary background with a Diploma in Marine Environmental Sciences from the Carl-von-Ossietzky University in Oldenburg, Germany, and a PhD from the University of East Anglia and the British Antarctic Survey in the UK. Now based at the Institute of Marine Research in Tromsø, Norway, I focus on upper ocean processes around Svalbard in the Arctic and the northwestern Weddell Sea in the Southern Ocean. I am most intrigued by interaction between different areas, whether that’s between atmosphere-ice-ocean or between different disciplines (e.g. physics, biology and chemistry or social sciences). My research is mostly observation-based, and I feel most at home onboard a research vessel in ice-covered seas!

More about me

"Passionate students, passionate teachers, the best university team – there’s a reason I come back year after year!"