Introduction to Oceanography

EAS 4300/6124 SPRING 2021

Elba Island, FORNO
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Introduction and overview (week 1)

Topic 1 (January 14, 2021):

Introduction to Oceanography - [ PDF ]

Topic 2 ():

What is the best way to observe the ocean? - [ PPT ]
(assign homework #1, ocean exploration)

Topic 3 ():

Early Earth, Oceans, & Life - [ PPT ]
Enrichment reading:  Schopf et al., 2002 Marshall et al., 2011


Marine geology and geophysics (week 2-3)

Topic 4 ():

Ocean floor physiography - [ PPT ]

Topic 5 ():

Plate Tectonic, the origin of ocean basins, and Tsunami - [ PPT, Newman PPT]
(assign homework #2, early earth & plate tectonics)

Topic 6 ():

Bathymetry from space and its relevance to oceanography - [ PPT ]
Reading: Satellite Topography and Oceanography - [ PDF ]

Topic 7 ():

Sea Level Changes and Paleoceanography - [ PPT ]

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

Topic 8 ():

20th century sea level changes - [ PDF | Chapter 13 IPCC ]
 (assign homework #3, sea level change)


Physical oceanography and climate dynamics (week 4-8)

Topic 9 ():

The Atmospheric Circulation - [ PDF ]

Topic 10 ():

The Atmospheric Circulation PART 2 - [ PDF ]

Topic 11 ():

The Atmospheric Circulation PART 3 - [ PDF ]
(assign homework #4 atmospheric circulation)

Special Lecture 12 ():

The Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico - [ PPT ]
Latest modeling development - [ NSF-website ]

Topic 13-14 ():

The Ocean General Circulation Theory PART I -II - [ PDF1 | PPT2 ]
(assign homework #5 ocean circulation)

Topic 15  ():

The Meridional Overturning Circulation (MOC)  - [ PDF | Polyna.mov ]
Additional reading on MOC review - [ Lozier-2012.pdf ]

Topic 16 ():

Equatorial Circulation, ENSO and Indian Moonsoon - [ PPT ]
(assign homework #5 thermoaline circulation and ENSO )

Topic 17 ():

Ocean Waves | Rossby and Kelvin Waves  - [ PDF ]

Topic 18 ():

Ocean Tides - [ PPT ]

Special Topic 19 ():

Energy from ocean waves  - [ PPT ]
Additional reading - [ Ocean-Energy.pdf ]

Special Lecture  ():

Midterm review   - [ Previous Exams ]

Special Topic 20 ():

Global Warming and IPCC - [ PPT ]

MIDTERM EXAM (covering material through Topic 19)

(material will cover until waves excluded)


Chemical oceanography and geochemistry (week 9-11)

Topic 21 ():

Ocean Carbon Cycle: mass balance - [ PPT ]

Topic 22 ():

Ocean Carbon Cycle: carbonate system and solubility pump - [ PPT ]

Topic 23 ():

Ocean Carbon Cycle: solubility pump - [ PPT ]

Topic 24 ():

Ocean Carbon Cycle: biological pump - [ PPT ]

Topic 25 ():

Glacial CO2 problem - [ PPT ]

Topic 26 ():

Stabilizing CO2 emissions - [ PPT ]
Additional reading
- [ Pacala-2004.pdf | PEI-Stabilization-Wedges.pdf ]

Topic 27 ():

Geologic Carbon Cycle - [ PPT ]

Topic 28 ():

Oxygen Cycle - [ PPT ]


Biological oceanography (week 12-15)

Topic 29 ():

Marine Ecology, Habitats and Organisms - [ PPT ]

Topic 30  ():

The Marine Foodweb and Nitrogen Cycle - [ PPT1 | PDF2 ]

Topic 31/32  ():

Marine Life Observing System - [ PDF ]
Reading assignment - [ Block-MarineLife.pdf ]

Topic 33  ():

Climate Change Impacts on Marine Ecosystems - [ PDF ]
Reading assignment - [ Doney-2012.pdf ]

Topic 34  ():

Climate Change & Polar Ocean Ecosystems - [ PDF ]

 Topic 35  ():

Climate Change & Tropical Ocean Ecosystems - [ PDF ]
Reading assignment Coral in Crisis - [ Hay.pdf ]

Topic 36  ():

Natural Climate Variability & Marine Populations PART 1
Pacific Decadal Oscillation, Salmon, Sardines and Anchovies - [ PDF ]
Additional Readings - [ PDO_Ecosystems | PDO_Physics]

Topic 37  ():

Natural Climate Variability & Marine Populations PART 2
North Atlantic Oscillation, Zooplankton and Fish Stocks - [ PDF ]
Additional Readings - [
NAO Table | NAO_Ecosystems | NA1O_Physics]

 

Coastal oceanography (week 12-15)

Topic 38 ():

Shallow Water and Coastal processes - [ PDF ]

Topic  ():

Beaches, Estuaries and Deltas - [ PDF ]

 

Topic Final Review  ():

Review and Final preparation

FINAL EXAM (May 5, 2021)

Final Exam on Wednesday May 5, between 11:20 AM to 2:10 PM
Location is the same as class.


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