This course is one of the five "core" courses required for all master's specialties. The class will review the properties and composition of seawater; the importance, distribution, relationships and cycling of major inorganic nutrients; dissolved gases; trace metals; and organic compounds. A self-paced laboratory is included in the course activities. Problem solving is supplemented with interactive microcomputer work.
understand and apply the concepts of salinity and constancy of composition of the major seawater ions
estimate the salinity of seawater by various physical and chemical methods
compare and contrast the physical properties of seawater and fresh water
determine dissolved oxygen concentrations in and rates of change in seawater, and properly evaluate the ecological meaning of the results
demonstrate a basic understanding of the importance, major forms, distribution, measurement, and cycling of inorganic forms of phosphate, nitrogen, and silicate and trace elements in the sea
understand, apply and interpret ratios of carbon, oxygen, phosphorus, nitrogen, and silicate according to the Redfield ratios
correctly determine the pH of seawater by electrochemical means, and interpret the meaning of pH fluctuations in biological or ecological terms
calculate the concentrations and fluctuations of the major components of the CO2 system from pH/alkalinity data, and interpret the results in biological or ecological terms
describe the general categories and importance of trace elements and dissolved organic matter and in the sea
Recommended- Millero, FJ. 2006.
Chemical Oceanography, 3rd Ed. Taylor and Francis Group.
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