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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.

    About this paper

    Paper title Coastal and Shelf Seas Oceanography
    Subject Marine Science
    EFTS 0.15
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $1,173.30
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    MARI 201 (or OCEN 201 prior to 2022)
    OCEN 322
    Schedule C

    Professor Abby Smith (

    Teaching staff

    Course-Coordinator: Professor Abby Smith


    Textbooks are not required for this paper.

    Course outline

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    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.


    Semester 2

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Saturday 06:00-17:50 41


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Monday 09:00-10:50 29-35, 37-42
    Thursday 09:00-10:50 29-35, 37-42


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    Attend one stream from
    A1 Tuesday 14:00-17:50 29-35, 37-42
    A2 Wednesday 14:00-17:50 29-35, 37-42
    A3 Monday 14:00-17:50 29-35, 37-42
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