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Marine Chemistry

Course Number: OCOR - 5605

This course is one of the five "core" courses required for all master's specialties. The class will review the properties and composition of seawater; the importance, distribution, relationships and cycling of major inorganic nutrients; dissolved gases; trace metals; and organic compounds. A self-paced laboratory is included in the course activities. Problem solving is supplemented with interactive microcomputer work.

Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  1. Explain the concepts of salinity and constancy of composition of the major seawater ions 
  2. Describe the distribution of salinity, temperature and density in the oceans
  3. Compare and contrast the physical properties of seawater and freshwater
  4. Describe the distribution of dissolved oxygen in the oceans, seasonal variations, physical and biological processes affecting oxygen concentrations and its importance for marine life
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of the importance, major forms, distribution, measurement and cycling of inorganic forms of phosphate, nitrogen and silicate (nutrients) and trace elements in the oceans
  6. Explain the carbonate system, pH distribution in the oceans and the concept of ocean acidification as well as its implications in marine life
  7. Correctly determine the pH of seawater and interpret the meaning of pH fluctuations in biological or ecological terms
  8. Describe the importance to measure water quality parameters in coastal areas
  9. Explain the primary production in the oceans
  10. List the chemical methods and oceanographic instrumentation used to analyze chemical parameters in seawater

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

Winter 2017 Syllabus

Oceanography Library Course Guide

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