Introduction to Oceanography

EAS 4300/6124 SPRING 2021

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Topic 1 (August 22):

Introduction to Oceanography
(ocean and climate, ocean's resources, ocean and humans) - [ PPT

Topic 2 (August 24):

What is the best way to observe the ocean?
(observing programs and technology) - [ PPT
References: Chapter 1 of Textbook.

Topic 3 (August 26):

Early Earth, Oceans, & Life
(discovering the origin of life on earth) - [ PPT
References: Chapter 1-2 of Textbook

Reading Assignment for Wed 8/31Schopf et al., 2002
Enrichment reading:  Marshall et al., 2011, Schopf et al., 2011

Topic 4  (August 29):

Ocean floor physiography 
(The inner shells of the Earth and Seismograpy) - [ PPT | EarthScope.ppt ]
References: Book: chapter 3-4 , Isostacy-Buoyancy-notes.doc
Additional Material: ETS.pdf , Quakes on other plantes.ppt
2005 Tsunami Wave Indian Ocean - [ NOAA-GlobalOceanWave.mov ]
Preview of movie "The Core" -[ TheCore.mov | TheCore.asf ]

Topic #5 (August 31): 

Plate Tectonic and the origin of ocean basins - [ PPT ]  
References: Book: chapter 3-4
Additional Material: GeothermalHeating_OceanCirc.pdf , Volcanoes_Climate_Robock.pdf , ENSO_Volcano_Adams.pdf

Topic #6 (September 2)

Bathymetry from space and its relevance to oceanography - [ PPT ] 
References: Book: chapter 3-4
Additional Material: Satellite Topography and Oceanography - [ PDF ]
Reading Assignment for Wed 9/07Polzin et al., 1997

Topic #7 (September 7):

Sea Level Changes and Paleoceanography - [ PPT
Reading assignments:
* Palaeoceanography and sea-level changes, Chap. 6;
The structure and evolution of sea basins
, Open University. -
[GaTech Reserve PDF file 70 MB ]

Topic #8 (September 9):

20th century sea level changes - [ PPT ]

Topic #9 (September 12):

Marine Sedimentation and Gas Hydrates  - [ PDF1 | PPT2
References: Book: chapter 5
Reading Assignment for Fri 9/16Boswell, 2009
Enrichment reading:  Park et al., 2006

Topic #10 (September 14, 16, 18):

The Atmospheric Circulation  - [ PPT
The Atmospheric Circulation PART 2  - [ PPT
The Atmospheric Circulation PART 3 - [ PPT
(Book: chapter 7)

Special Topic Lecture #11 (September 21):

The Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico - [ PPT ]

Topic #12 (September 23, 26):

The Ocean General Circulation Theory  PART I -II (
Book: chapter 8) - [ PPT

Topic #13 (September 28, 30):

The Thermohaline Circulation in the ocean  (
Book: chapter 8) - [ PPT

Topic #14 (September 28, October 3):

Equatorial Circulation, ENSO and Indian Moonsoon   (
Book: chapter 8) - [ PPT]

Topic (special) #15 (October 5):

Global Warming and IPCC - [ PPT | IPCC Summary
Additional Material: 40yr_OceansWarming.pdf

Topic # 16 (October 7):

Ocean Waves  - [ PPT
Rossby and Kelvin Waves  - [ PPT
(Book: chapter 9)
Projections: Waves Across the Pacific -  [ ISO
Reading Assignment for Fri 10/14 Smithsonian Magazine e-article & video

Topic #17 (October 19):

Ocean Tides  
(Book: chapter 9) - [ PPT

MIDTERM EXAM (covering material through Friday, October 7) :

Midterm Exam October 12, 2011
Practice from - [ exams ]

Topic #18 (special) (October 16):

Energy from ocean waves - [ PPT

Topic #19 (special) (October 21):

Coral records of climate change - [ PPT

Topic #20 (October 24):

The Carbon Cycle and Chemistry in the Ocean (Alkalinity, etc.) 
(Book: chapter 6 +class powerpoint) - [ PPT

Topic #21 (October 26):

Biological productivity in the Ocean
(Book: chapter 14) - [ PPT ]
Additional reading: What Controls the Redfield Ratio in the Southern Ocean? - [ Redfield_Ratio_in_SO.pdf ]
Reading Assignment for Fri 10/31 NYT article on Ocean C Sequestration

Topic #22-#23 (October 28):

The Nitrogen and Iron Cycle - [ PDF | Losing-N.pdf |Nitrogen+Climate-Art.pdf ]

Topic #24 (October 31):

Geoengineering:  Ocean carbon sequestration -  [ PPT ]

Topic #25 #26 (November 4 & 7): :

Oceanic Short Term Climate Variability and Marine Ecosystem -

ENSO, Pacific Decadal Oscillation and NPGO- [ PPT 20a | PDO_Ecosystems | PDO_Physics]
North Atlantic Oscillation - [ PPT 20b | NAO Table | NAO_Ecosystems | NAO_Physics]
Warming Trend and Coastal Marine Ecosystems - [ Reading on Ecosystems and Climate ]

Topic #27-# (November 9):

The Oxygen, Biogeochemistry & Climate - [ PPT | Climate-Driven-Hypoxia.pdf ]

Topic #28 (November 11) :

Marine Ecology, Habitats and Organisms (Book: chapter 13,15,16) - [ PPT ]

Topic #29 (November 14):

The Open Ocean and Deep Sea Floor Ecosystems
Shallow and Coastal Ecosystems
(Book: chapter 13 and 15/16) - [ PPT ]

Topic #28 (November 16 & 18) :

Marine Life Observing System- [ PDF ]

Topic #30 (November 21) :

ENSO in the Holocene (Guest Lecture by K. Cobb) - [ PPT ]

Topic #31 (November 23) :

Coral in Crisis (Guest Lecture by M. Hay) - [ PPT ]
Article from The Scientist - [ PDF ]

Topic #:

Shallow Water and Coastal processes  (Book: chapter 11-12) - [ PPT ]

Topic #:

Shorelines and Alongshore Transport (Book: chapter 11-12) - [ PPT | Lab PPT ]

FINAL EXAM REVIEW : TBD

Biological oceanography summary - [ PPT ]

Practice previous exams - [ exams ]


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