Oceanography is an interdisciplinary science, which can be divided into four main disciplines: marine geology, marine chemistry, physical oceanography, and marine biology. To understand the broad-scale features and dynamics of the Earth’s oceans, we must understand each of these disciplines. Specific topics include seafloor spreading, marine sediments, salinity, biogeochemical cycles, ocean structure, currents, waves, tides, primary biological production, marine ecology. The oceans influence global climate and provide important resources and services for humans. SAS provides the unique opportunity to move beyond a discipline taught in the classroom to a real live experience. Because we can see first-hand how different cultures treat and depend on the oceans, we will understand the urgency of our protecting marine environments and oceans.
Field ClassCountry: Hawaii, United States
Date: January 12, 2017
We will start our day by taking a scenic drive along Waikiki Beach to Hanauma Bay. During the drive students will observe the shape and features of the Bay. Upon arrival at the Bay, we will watch a short video about the area’s coral ecosystems and how to interact with them. Students will then head to the beach to pick up snorkel gear. The rest of the morning will be filled with snorkeling, observing the coral habitat of Hanauma Bay, and working on class assignments in waterproof logbooks. We will take lunch at a picnic site nearby before boarding transportation to the Honolulu Aquarium. The afternoon will consist of a guided tour of the aquarium with a researcher from the University of Hawaii before returning to the ship.
1. To learn about safety and interaction with marine organisms
2. To learn about restoration efforts in the Honauma Bay
3. To observe the interaction between visitors and the organisms
4. To gain understanding diversity of coral reef organisms
5. To discover the concept of biological connectivity, such as biogeography and oceanography
6. To study Hawaiian marine ecology
7. To recognize the need of systematic studies of coral reefs
8. To study the flora in the wider crater region