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Spring 2011-2012
* GEO 202 (STL)   No Pass/D/Fail

Ocean, Atmosphere, and Climate

Ryan R. Rykaczewski

An introduction to the ocean, atmosphere, and climate from the perspective of oceanography. Covers coastal processes including waves, beaches, tides and ecosystems; open ocean processes including atmospheric circulation and its impact on the surface ocean, the wind driven circulation, and surface ocean ecosystems; and the abyssal ocean including circulation, the cycling of chemicals, and ocean sediments and what they tell us about the climate history of the earth. The final part of the course will cover humans and the earth system, including a discussion of ocean resources and climate change.

Sample reading list:
Tom Garrison, Oceanography: An Invitation to Marine Science
Open University, Waves, Tides and Shallow Water Processes
Open University, Ocean Circulation

Reading/Writing assignments:
Reading assignments from text and papers, study questions and problem sets.

Mid Term Exam - 20%
Final Exam - 30%
Lab Reports - 30%
Problem set(s) - 20%

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
High School biology, chemistry and calculus..

Other information:
Must receive a passing grade in the laboratory portion of the course to pass this course.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
41194 L01 11:00:00 am - 12:20:00 pm T Th   Guyot Hall   220   Enrolled:12 Limit:24
B01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm W   Guyot Hall   177   Enrolled:8 Limit:12
B02 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm Th   Guyot Hall   177   Enrolled:4 Limit:12