Introduction to Oceanography

Discipline: Environmental Science
Instructor: Huettmann
Credits: 3
Day: A
Start: 1050
End: 1205
Field Work: Day 3 - Monday, 1 September | Russia
Prerequisites: This class requires the successful completion of basic ecology, physics, chemistry and mathematic classes. Students must be fluent in written and oral English. Having a basic understanding of global ecosystems, marine biology and informatics would be an asset, but is not required. Download Syllabus

Two-thirds of the globe is covered with water. The oceans include the largest habitats in the world and drive the global climate and well-being. This class will provide for a unique hands-on experience in oceanography. This class covers the foundations of modern oceanography (physical, chemical and biological oceanography). Further, it features specific topics like the ecological food chain, upwellings and tidal systems, biodiversity, the ocean-atmosphere interface, global fisheries, climate change and large marine ecosystems (LME). This class is hands-on and inquiry-based. It uses lectures, labs and field projects, and leads towards computational aspects of oceanography and marine biodiversity explicit in space and time. This course trains students in the use of ocean data such as the World Ocean Atlas (WOA) and the Ocean Biogeography Information System (OBIS).

Field Work

Country: Russia
Day: 3 - Monday, 1 September

The discipline of modern Oceanography is inherently based on collection trips and research vessels. This lab will introduce students to the important role of nationally-maintained research collections and central museums. Here we will visit a world-leading museum facility, with a global legacy and history of research vessels worldwide. Students are given the opportunity to see such a facility first-hand, get access to the huge taxonomic and ocean-related collection/library and interpreted tours, and have face-time interviewing researchers and experts on global oceanography subjects. This lab will enable students to get familiar with such settings and introduces them to such leading oceanography research workplaces. The lab includes to write a report about this unique trip, and where each student pursues a specific oceanography research question (approved a priori by the instructor). Lectures before and after the lab will elaborate on these topics in more detail and provide guidance. Academic Objectives: 1. Learn for your lab report about regional oceanography aspects in world-famous museum facilities 2. Meet, and discuss with local oceanography and museum experts & curators 3. Familiarize with local information and research centers and specimen collections re. Oceanography