A Primer of Marine and Antarctic Science
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Upon completion of this subject, the student should be able to:
- Explain the diversity of marine life, with a focus on temperate/Antarctic ecosystems, and to recognise the values of marine ecosystems and the threats to them.
- Summarise the ocean as a driver of the Earth's system and explain some of the scientific tools and methods used to measure characteristics of the ocean.
- Identify key stressors on the ocean and assess the evidence for drivers of climate change.
- Outline approaches to sustainable management of the ocean to retain its critical values and functioning in the Anthropocene.
- Marine life and the ecology of temperate and high latitude marine ecosystems;
- The ocean system as interactions between physical, chemical, geological and ecological features;
- The role of the oceans in climate change and how climate change affects ocean life and ocean processes;
- Responsibilities of humans in the stewardship of the oceans; how human activity impacts the oceans and the challenges and approaches to ocean stewardship.
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Seventy percent of the planet is covered by ocean. This subject introduces students to Planet Ocean through four modules, covering key topics on marine life and the ecology of temperate and high latitude marine ecosystems (Module 1); the ocean system as interactions between physical, chemical, geological and ecological features (Module 2); the role of the oceans in climate change and how climate change affects ocean life and ocean processes (Module 3); and finishes up by considering the responsibilities of humans in the stewardship of the oceans; how human activity impacts the oceans and the challenges and approaches to ocean stewardship (Module 4). We cover the origins of life in the oceans, iconic and ‘weird’ marine life, ‘a day in the life’ of an oceanographer, and a number of topics highly relevant to modern society including technologies for ocean science, responding to climate change, threatened species, and sustainable management of marine resources including fisheries.
- x4 Online Quizzes (20%)
- Final Exam (30%)
- Mock Tweets on Online Forum (5%)
- Critique (15%)
- Essay (30%)
Current study term: 11 Jul 21 to 17 Oct 21
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