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MARI322 Coastal and Shelf Seas Oceanography

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Interactions of biological and physical processes in the ocean and how physical processes regulate productivity and distribution of organisms in oceanic and coastal ecosystems, from the microscale to the macroscale.

Understanding the relationships among biology, chemistry, physics and geology in the coastal and nearshore zone is essential, especially in a time of changing climate and increasing concern about environmental degradation. This paper explores current and relevant interdisciplinary topics in the marine environment, ranging from the very small scale to the global. We will learn from experts, consider the published literature, and get our feet wet in the field (both coastal and open ocean) as well.

Paper title Coastal and Shelf Seas Oceanography
Paper code MARI322
Subject Marine Science
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,110.75
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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MARI 201 (or OCEN 201 prior to 2022)
OCEN 322
Schedule C

Professor Abby Smith (

Teaching staff

Course-Coordinator: Professor Abby Smith


Dynamics of Marine Ecosystems: Biological-Physical Interactions in the Oceans (3rd ed), by Kenneth Mann, 2005

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Ethics, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes
Students will develop an integrated understanding of the interplay between physical and biological processes occurring in marine ecosystems at all scales, from less than a kilometre to the size of whole oceans.

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Semester 2

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Saturday 08:00-19:50 40


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 09:00-10:50 28-34, 36-41
Thursday 09:00-10:50 28-34, 36-41


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Wednesday 14:00-17:50 29-31, 33-34, 36-38
A2 Tuesday 14:00-17:50 29-31, 33-34, 36-38


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Wednesday 14:00-17:50 28, 32, 39-41
A2 Tuesday 14:00-17:50 28, 32, 39-41