Oceans in the Global Carbon Cycle   [ARCHIVED CATALOG]
Courses of Study 2016-2017
   

SEA 3780 - Oceans in the Global Carbon Cycle


(OPHLS-AG) (CU-ITL, CU-SBY)     
Fall, spring, summer (not offered every year). 4 credits. Letter grades only.

Prerequisite: minimum of 3 lab science courses or consent of the instructor. Corequisites required. Refer to SEA Semester program descriptions at www.sea.edu. Offered in Woods Hole, MA and at sea.

SEA faculty.

Ocean as carbon source and sink. Examine global-scale flux patterns and carbon storage mechanisms, from solubility/biological pumps to geo-engineering. Explore buffering capacity and mitigation strategies in the face of anthropogenic carbon cycle perturbations. Oral presentation and written research proposal required.

Outcome 1: Students will be able to interpret and discuss seminal papers from the primary literature on the oceans role in the global carbon cycle.

Outcome 2: Students will be able to search the scientific literature and identify appropriate supporting resources on a topic related to carbon cycling in the marine environment.

Outcome 3: Students will be able to develop and defend hypotheses for proposed authentic oceanographic research during a co-requisite research cruise.



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