Course Number: OCOR - 5605
This course is one of the five "core" courses required for all master's specialties. The class will review the properties and composition of seawater; the importance, distribution, relationships and cycling of major inorganic nutrients; dissolved gases; trace metals; and organic compounds. A self-paced laboratory is included in the course activities. Problem solving is supplemented with interactive microcomputer work.
- Explain the concepts of salinity and constancy of composition of the major seawater ions
- Describe the distribution of salinity, temperature and density in the oceans
- Compare and contrast the physical properties of seawater and freshwater
- Describe the distribution of dissolved oxygen in the oceans, seasonal variations, physical and biological processes affecting oxygen concentrations and its importance for marine life
- Demonstrate an understanding of the importance, major forms, distribution, measurement and cycling of inorganic forms of phosphate, nitrogen and silicate (nutrients) and trace elements in the oceans
- Explain the carbonate system, pH distribution in the oceans and the concept of ocean acidification as well as its implications in marine life
- Correctly determine the pH of seawater and interpret the meaning of pH fluctuations in biological or ecological terms
- Describe the importance to measure water quality parameters in coastal areas
- Explain the primary production in the oceans
- List the chemical methods and oceanographic instrumentation used to analyze chemical parameters in seawater
Chemical Oceanography, 4rd Ed., Frank J. Millero, Taylor & Francis Group, 2013.
Winter 2015 Syllabus
Oceanography Library Course Guide