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- To describe the chemical, physical
& biological principles of oceanography.
- To provide an up-to-date, integrated introduction to ocean
- To emphasize the role of the oceans in the regulation of
- To illustrate the importance of the oceans in
- To explore the observational basis for oceanography on the
- To encourage and enhance understanding of oceanic
- To stimulate an interest in the scientific study of the
Sequence of Themes and Topics
- Geographical and geological framework of oceans:
- Shape, size, formation, and the history of exploration
- Constituents and structure of the oceans:
- Sea floor sediments, seawater and salts.
- Atmosphere/ocean interactions and links to climate:
- Atmospheric gases, winds, hurricanes, and El Niño
- Dynamic processes in the oceans:
- Ocean circulation, currents, waves, tsunami
- Fringes of the ocean:
- Coastal waters, estuaries, shorelines, beaches and
- Controls on life in the ocean:
- Production, lifestyles and habitats of marine biota.
- Biological oceanography:
- Organisms and ecosystems in coastal, shallow and deep
- Oceanic environmental issues:
- Global warming, pollution, toxins and marine resources.