Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Point to any place in the ocean, and for any season predict the primary production (amount of plant biomass) and productivity (rate of growth of plant biomass): starting with the wind field, reconstructing the surface currents, discussing the tides, upwelling or downwelling, stratification and mixing and thus determining the nutrient and light availability for phytoplankton.
- Explain the underlying principles of physical, chemical and biological oceanography to a fellow science student.
- Appreciate how the ocean works and its important role in the global environment and human existence.
Syllabus: is here.