GEOGG132 Oceans and Atmosphere
CORE GEOGG132 - Oceans and Atmosphere
Term 1 (2011)
Amelia Shevenell, Mark Maslin, & Jon French
To introduce the fundamental physical, chemical and biological processes of Earth’s oceans and atmosphere.
Interactions between the oceans and atmosphere drive Earth’s climate system. This module will provide a foundation in atmospheric science and oceanography that is critical for understanding the science of Climate Change. Topics covered draw on the research strengths of the department and include:
· Vertical structure of Earth’s atmosphere and oceans
· Fundamentals of atmospheric, surface ocean, and deep ocean circulation
· Physical and chemical evolution of the atmosphere and oceans
· Biogeochemical cycling in the oceans (C, P, Si, N)
· Atmospheric greenhouse gasses and oceanic buffering
· Coastal oceanographic processes
· Environmental issues and concerns (Ocean acidification, carbon mitigation, marine pollution, sea ice reduction, ice sheet melting/sea level rise)
· Problem Sets
· Up to 3500 word research paper on a topic of current interest in Atmospheric Sciences or Oceanography.
· 10 min oral presentation of research paper findings
The module is based on lectures, class discussion and project work.
At the end of the course students should be able to:
· -Understand the physical, chemical and biological processes of both the atmosphere and oceans
· Understand the evolution of Earth’s atmosphere and oceans.
· Enter, manipulate, and plot oceanic or atmospheric data in Excel.
· Be aware of the role of the oceans and atmosphere in anthropogenic climate change.
· Critically evaluate a topic of current interest in atmospheric sciences and/or oceanography.