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OCEN201 Physical Oceanography

Semester One, 18 points
Lectures: Monday at 9, Friday at 10
Lab: Tuesday 2-6
Prerequisites: MARI 112 and one of (COMO 101, MATH 160, MATH 170), and 18 further CHEM, GEOL or PHSI points.

Course Coordinator: Dr Rob Smith - robert.smith@otago.ac.nz

Want to understand the critical role of the ocean in shaping our climate and our future? Then this is the paper for you. We focus on giving a solid foundation in the physical oceanic processes which shape our world. From the processes which drive the large scale ocean circulation, which takes years or centuries to traverse the globe, to the geological upheavals which formed the ocean basins. As well as the processes which transport sand, mud and silt around the ocean basins and our coastlines. Also, the complex processes which lead to the formation of sea ice around Antarctica, which doubles the continent's area every year, and play a critical role on our changing climate system.

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