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MARI112 Global Marine Systems

Semester Two, 18 points
Lectures: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday at 9 am
Labs: One of Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday at 2-6pm. Some weekends may be required

Course Coordinator: Dr Will Rayment - will.rayment@otago.ac.nz

A varied and exciting introduction to the diversity of disciplines that constitute marine science. In this course we investigate all the important ocean systems and how they interact with each other. We focus first on physical processes such as sea-floor formation, ocean circulation and the unique structure that makes seawater so special. We then delve into marine biodiversity and ecology, with fascinating lectures on plankton, invertebrates and marine birds and mammals. Lastly, we discuss the enormously valuable resources extracted from the ocean such as fisheries and tidal energy, and consequently how human activities are threatening the marine environment. The lectures are complemented by hands-on practicals and field-trips utilising the University’s research vessels.

NOTE: This paper is the prerequisite for further marine science papers, and is required for the BSc in Oceanography and the BAppSc in Aquaculture and Fisheries.

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