Oceanography

CMM31C Elective course 5 ECTS
Period W45-W47 06.11.2017 - 22.11.2017
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Námskeiðslýsing

The course provides a descriptive introduction to physical processes in the ocean. The students will be given a broad introduction to the history of ocean sciences, the physical setting of the oceans, the basic physical and chemical properties of sea water, basic principles of ocean circulation and mixing in the ocean, tides and waves. We will also discuss interactions between atmosphere and ocean, the ocean’s role in the heat budget, and connections to anthropogenic climate change. At the end of the course, the students will be able to explain the basic physical processes in the ocean and use their knowledge of ocean physics for coastal and marine management.

Hæfniviðmið

At the end of the course, the students will be able to:

  •  explain and use oceanographic terminology  
  • describe the basic physical and chemical properties of sea water  
  • demonstrate basic principles of density and wind driven circulation in the ocean  
  • sketch simple explanations of basic models for ocean circulation, e.g. geostrophic circulation or Ekman transport  
  • provide an elementary explanation for tidal forcing  
  • distinguish and classify different types of waves  design, carry out, and evaluate basic lab experiments and communicate the results  
  • discuss the ocean’s role in the climate system and with respect to coastal and marine management issues.

Námsmat

Kennari