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Caribbean Oceanography 

Introduction to Field Methods in Oceanography

Introduction to Field Methods in Oceanography


This program is an introduction to the complexities of the ocean around us. You will be based in the field, fully immersed in the marine environment. Studies cover various aspects of biological, physical, geographical and chemical oceanography. This program also touches upon a variety of aspects of marine management that are affected by oceanography, such as learning about coral reef recovery, and REEF surveying techniques for several marine parks. You will experience a number of differing marine habitats, and become proficient in a range of oceanography sampling techniques and research methods. The course also allows you to study and dive artificial reefs, learning about their impact on the environment, and the legislation surrounding them.

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  • Identify key features of the local coastline
  • Learn the field techniques and tools of oceanography
  • Understand the types and origins of marine sediments and the overall structure of the ocean basins
  • Explain the theories of continental drift and plate tectonics
  • Describe the formation of ocean basins and general features
  • Describe the chemical properties and characteristics of seawater
  • Determine the salinity and dissolved oxygen of seawater
  • Understand the distribution of gases and nutrients in seawater
  • Explain how light, sound and heat are transmitted through seawater
  • Understand the major ocean circulation patterns and currents
  • Identify characteristics of deep and shallow water waves
  • Have a basic understanding of the formation of tides
  • Describe basic interactions of the atmosphere with the oceans
  • Recognize and identify organisms common to the reefs of the Caribbean.
  • Understand the importance and global distribution of plankton and the flow of energy through the marine trophic levels.
  • Understand the importance of legislation and treaties affecting the marine environment, especially affecting the local reefs.

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Community Service & Academics
  • 15 Hours
  • 3 Credits
College Credit
  • 3 marine science Credits

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