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Marine Chemistry

Course Number: OCOR - 5605

Course Description:

This course is an introduction to marine chemistry. It describes the properties, composition, and origin of seawater; the importance, distribution, relationships, and biogeochemical cycling of the major inorganic nutrients, dissolved gases, trace metals, and organic compounds. Salinity, temperature and density distributions will be explained. Carbonate parameters (pH, Alkalinity, TCO2 and pCO2) and how these are influenced by uptake of anthropogenic carbon dioxide by the ocean will be a key topic. Material is presented through lectures and three laboratory sessions which cover the principles and application of selected analytical techniques. 

Learning Outcomes:

Students will:

Required Text:

An Introduction to the Chemistry of the Sea, 2nd ed., Michael EQ Pilson, Cambridge University Press, 2013. ISBN: 978-0521757775

Recommended Texts:

Chemical Oceanography, 4th Ed., Frank J. Millero, Taylor & Francis Group, 2013. ISBN: 9781466512498


Winter 2016 Syllabus 

Oceanography Library Course Guide