EAS 512: Marine Sciences (elective)

Comparatively to the seminar on Terrestrial Ecosystems, this course does not intend to give an introduction to Marine Sciences. Instead, the goal is to provide an in depth overview of Physical, Dynamical, Chemical and Biological Oceanography that is necessary to gain good understanding of the role of oceans in the global climate system. This will focus on transport and exchange processes involving energy, momentum and mass transfer within the oceans and between the ocean, the atmosphere and the Cryosphere. Students will be exposed to advanced field methods as well as to numerical modelling methodologies aimed to quantitatively describe the role of the oceans in the global (climate) system.


  • Introduction to global oceans and their major physical, chemical and biological characteristics
  • Climate change and the global ocean: feedbacks, interactions and impacts
  • Regional manifestations of global change and their repercussions to ocean processes
  • Exchange processes between the ocean and other elements of the global system and their assessments
  • Introduction to observations and numerical modeling of major processes in oceanography
  • Coupled atmosphere-ocean models in the context of global climate modeling