Oceans and Climate Change   [ARCHIVED CATALOG]
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog
   

SMS 402 - Oceans and Climate Change


Stresses the interdisciplinary nature of marine science by focusing on comprehensive oceanographic and marine ecosystems that reinforce geological, chemical, physical and biological principles and their linkages. Roles of oceans in regulating global climate will be emphasized.  Climatic forcing and its impact on ocean environments and marine ecosystems will be discussed. Variability in the oceans and processes at a range of spatial and temporal scales are considered. Topics include: global carbon cycle and climate change, thermohaline circulation, influence of oceanic and climatic processes on marine populations, world fisheries and marine ecosystems, El Nino and decadal climate variability, Gulf of Maine oceanography and living marine resources, human activities and their impact on the environment.  Lec 3.

Prerequisites:  SMS 100 and Junior or Senior Standing

Course Typically Offered: Spring

Credits: 3

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