UMass Amherst GEO-SCI 103 - Introduction to Oceanography (3 pages)

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Includes an introduction to Oceanography, the significance in studying the subject in addition to how it relates to modern issues and predictions of the Earth.


Lecture number:
1
Pages:
3
Type:
Lecture Note
School:
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Course:
Geo-Sci 103 - Intro Oceanography GenEd: PS
Edition:
1

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GEOSCI 103 Lecture 1 Outline of Current Lecture I Significance in Studying Oceanography II Specialties and Different Types of Oceanography what is it a Define and understand Geological Oceanography Physical Oceanography and Biological Oceanography III Ocean Circulation Today IV Monitoring Weather Events a The Geostationary Operational Environment Satellites GOES V The Scientific Method a Understand the steps associated with scientific method b Define Theory and Natural Law Current Lecture 9 2 14 The Earth is dynamic and ever changing It functions as a series of interconnected systems driven by the internal energy of radioactive decay conduction convection and by the external energy of solar radiation Atmosphere Geosphere Cryosphere Biosphere Hydrosphere Significance in Studying Oceanography Currents and sea surface temperature affect weather and climate weather extremes Global Warming ocean acidification spread of dead zones and their impact on organisms Relation to fossil fuels and other natural recourses Rising sea level and erosion of coast Transportation and commerce Cultivate harvest and prepare food Create useful products from natural recourses Treat cure diseases Forecast the weather Reconstruct our past and predict our future Specialties and different types of Oceanography what is it These notes represent a detailed interpretation of the professor s lecture GradeBuddy is best used as a supplement to your own notes not as a substitute Geological Oceanography the study of the history and structure of the ocean floor and the processes that form its mountains canyons and valleys o Physical Oceanography the study of physical conditions and physical processes within the ocean especially the motions and physical properties of ocean waters waves tides currents o o o o Examples include Plate tectonics and the distribution of volcanoes and earthquakes around the planet natural hazards including tsunamis Examples The Gulf Stream a western boundary current a fast



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