This topic has no formal pre-requisites and is open to all students with some basic knowledge, appreciation of, and interest in, the marine environment and how it functions.
The topic provides an overview of the processes which:
While this topic introduces students to basic scientific concepts needed to understand key dynamical features of the oceans, the focus is often placed on processes, such as nutrient upwelling, that are pivotal to the creation of marine food webs. This topic also lets students appreciate the importance of scientific understanding of physical processes in the ocean and the forces behind them for environmental pollution and management problems.
This topic aims to develop within students an understanding of the key principles and processes that are critical in the understanding of the role that the ocean plays for human society.