Oceanography (Section 1) [CRN 27390]

Discipline: Natural Resources
Instructor: Jonsson
Credits: 3
Day: A
Start: 1100
End: 1220
Field Work: Day 5 | April 3, 2018 | Ghana
Prerequisites: None Download Syllabus

The ocean is under greater pressure from anthropogenic influence than ever before. It is therefore pertinent that we try to understand the nature of the oceans, be it the marine geology, the ecosystems, or the chemical and physical properties of the ocean that all interact with each other. The course will emphasize the interdisciplinarity of the subject. The bathymetry of the ocean and the forces that shape it will be studied. Characteristics of waves and tides are considered. The properties of seawater will be explored and how outside forces lead to formation of different water masses that then circulate in the ocean. We will be learning about the ocean circulation and its effects on the biology of the ocean on large and small scales. Recent anthropogenic effects on the ocean, such as global warming, increased acidity and other pollutants will be addressed. The oceanic and coastal areas we travel through will be used as examples in the course.

Field Work

Country: Ghana
Day: 5
Date: April 3, 2018

We will start our day with a visit to the Fisheries Commission in Tema. It is the implementing agency of the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development and is responsible for all monitoring, control, surveillance, evaluation, and compliance functions in all areas of fisheries development and management in Ghana, including fish health, post-harvest activities, safety, and quality assurance. The students will get a guided tour around the Institute as well as an introduction to its role and responsibilities with regards to the fisheries. The students will have opportunity to ask questions about the subjects presented. After lunch the students will have a tour to the harbor and explore different fishing vessels, both artisanal and also more modern foreign fleet fishing in Ghanaian waters before returning to the ship.

Learning Objectives:
1. To gain an appreciation of Ghana’s fisheries
2. To understand the difference between the local fishermen and the foreign fleet operating in Ghanaian waters
3. To gain an understanding of the ecological basis for the Ghanaian fisheries