SMS 482 - Semester-by-the-Sea: Human Impacts on the Ocean

Examines the manner in which humans influence oceanic processes and the ways in which humans can assess these influences. Surveys various case examples of influences (both suspected and well-documented) such as alteration of river inputs to the oceans, contamination by toxic materials, eutrophication and habitat alteration. Focuses on how scientists determine whether or not a perturbation of normal oceanic process has occurred, what the pre-human condition might have been and how we predict future changes. Taught at the Darling Marine Center. Lec 3. Course will include field trips during class hours.

General Education Requirements: Satisfies the General Education Population and the Environment Requirement.

Prerequisites: SMS 302 or equivalent or permission.

Course Typically Offered: Fall

Credits: 3

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