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OCEAN 100 Explore Oceanography at UW (1)
Explores the research and experiences of the Oceanography school's faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students. Intended for freshmen, new transfer students, and other considering oceanography as a major. Credit/no-credit only. Offered: A.
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OCEAN 101 Oceanography of the Pacific Northwest (5) NW
Introduces the fundamental principle of oceanography by focusing on the waters that surround us - the Washington coast and Puget Sound. Investigates the geologic history of the Pacific Northwest, and the physics, chemistry, and biology of coastal waters using case studies. Intended for nonmajors. Offered: A.
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OCEAN 102 The Changing Oceans (5) I&S/NW
Historical case studies of research on the ancient oceans, deep-sea exploration, climate change and the oceans, and human impacts on marine life. Students consider societal factors affecting progress in marine science, changing popular attitudes toward the oceans, and key current policy implications of marine science. Intended for nonmajors. Offered: W.
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OCEAN 115 Astrobiology: Life in the Universe (5) NW R. BUICK, D. CATLING, V. MEADOWS, W. SULLIVAN
Introduction to the new science of astrobiology, study of the origin and evolution of life on Earth, and the search for microbial and intelligent life elsewhere in the Universe. Designed for non-science, liberal arts majors. Offered: jointly with ASTBIO 115/ASTR 115/BIOL 114/ESS 115.
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OCEAN 121 Deep Sea Exploration: Submarine Volcanoes and Novel Life Forms (2) NW
Examines the dynamic marine processes that shape the planet and cutting-edge oceanographic technologies used to explore the deepest oceans. Includes imagery of rarely seen submarine volcanic eruptions, hot springs, and novel life forms highlighting the interconnected geological-biological processes creating the most extreme environments on Earth. Offered: W.
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OCEAN 200 Introduction to Oceanography (3) NW
Description of the oceans. Emphasis on relations of biology, chemistry, geology, and physics in marine environments. Examination of relationships and interactions at macro-, meso-, and microscales in the ocean. Intended for science majors. Offered: Sp.
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OCEAN 201 Introduction to Oceanography Lab (2) NW Ingalls
Provides opportunities to experiment with oceanographic concepts through laboratory and field experiences, and learn about the scientific method of inquiry as it applies to the study of geology, physics, chemistry, and biology of the ocean. Emphasizes topics that explore current challenges faced by the ocean and its ecosystem. Co-requisite: OCEAN 200. Offered: Sp.
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OCEAN 210 Integrative Oceans (4) NW
Presents fundamentals of ocean science through regional case studies that illustrate the relationship between interdependent physical, chemical, biological, and geological process. Students apply tools from the major scientific disciplines to understand major changes predicted for future oceanic environments. Prerequisite: either OCEAN 200, or OCEAN 250/BIOL 250/FISH 250; recommended: either PHYS 114 or PHYS 121. Offered: A.
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OCEAN 220 Introduction to Field Oceanography (3/5) NW
Design and conduct a field study in oceanography. Focuses on active learning, deployment of instruments, data collection, interpretation, and presentation. Required field trip during spring break. Prerequisite: either OCEAN 200, or OCEAN 250/BIOL 250/FISH/250; recommended: OCEAN 210. Offered: Sp.
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OCEAN 230 Rivers and Beaches (3/5) NW
Introduction to Earth surface environments, the processes that shape them, how humans affect them and are affected by them. Weekend field trips examine mountains, rivers, deltas/estuaries, beaches, and environments beyond. Focus on linkages between these environments to illustrate coupling between landscapes and seascapes. Offered: jointly with ESS 230.
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OCEAN 235 Arctic Change (2) I&S/NW
Investigates the Arctic system of ocean, ice, atmosphere, and sea-floor; how human interact with it, and what the future of the Arctic means to the world. Includes sea-ice loss, climate impacts, and Arctic resource exploitation. Offered: W.
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OCEAN 240 Contemporary Issues in Oceanography (1-5, max. 9) NW
Selected topics of contemporary interest in oceanography such as hydrothermal vents, planetary volcanism, biogeochemical cycling, the ecology of Puget Sound, and the ocean's role in climate.
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OCEAN 250 Marine Biology (3/5) I&S/NW
Lecture-laboratory course in marine biology focusing on physical, biological, and social aspects of the marine environment. Topics include oceanography, ecology, physiology, behavior, conservation, fisheries, exploration, and activism. Weekend field trip. Honors section research project. Offered: jointly with BIOL 250/FISH 250; AS.
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OCEAN 285 Phyics across Oceanography: Fluid Mechanics, Waves, and Electromagnetism (5) NW
Explores the basic principles of fluid mechanics, waves, optics, acoustics, electromagnetism and heat transfer. The context of oceanography and marine science applications. Prerequisite: either MATH 126 or Q SCI 292, which may be taken concurrently; either PHYS 114 or PHYS 121. Offered: W.
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OCEAN 300 Exploring Opportunities in Oceanography (1)
Explores academic, research, and career opportunities in the field of oceanography and helps prepare students for graduation. Intended for junior oceanography majors and new transfer students. Credit/no-credit only. Offered: A.
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OCEAN 355 From Big Bang to the Blue Planet (3) NW Sachs
Explores the origin and evolution of the Earth, ocean, atmosphere, and life, with an emphasis on climate as the integrator of changes in the biosphere, cryosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, and lithosphere. Prerequisite: either CHEM 120 or CHEM 142; either PHYS 114 or PHYS 121; either BIOL 161, or BIOL 180.
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OCEAN 365 Practicing Sustainability Science (8) I&S/NW S. Veirs, V. Veirs
Intensive off-campus experience. Studies sustainability science, marine policy, and "clean" technologies. Includes interaction with community stakeholders for five weeks and experimentation with sustainable technologies and practices in the marine environment during a five-week cruise aboard an energy-efficient sailing catamaran. Offered: ASp.
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OCEAN 400 Chemical Oceanography (4) NW
Physical and chemical properties of seawater and marine products; processes determining the chemical makeup of the oceans. Prerequisite: either CHEM 152 or CHEM 155; OCEAN 210. Offered: W.
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OCEAN 401 Special Topics in Chemical Oceanography (3) NW
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OCEAN 409 Marine Pollution (3) I&S/NW R. KEIL
Explores anthropogenic impacts on the oceans and marine organisms. Examines how scientific understanding informs environmental management, thereby linking science and society. Students develop a detailed understanding of the major categories of anthropogenic impacts on marine systems, their mechanisms of effect, their sources, and fates. Prerequisite: either OCEAN 200 or OCEAN 250; OCEAN 210. Offered: W.
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OCEAN 410 Marine Geology and Geophysics (4) NW
Explores the geological and geophysical processes that form and shape the ocean basins and continental margins. Prerequisite: either ESS 210, ESS 211, or ESS 212. Offered: jointly with ESS 410; A.
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OCEAN 411 Special Topics in Marine Geology and Geophysics (3) NW
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OCEAN 412 Seismic Exploration (5) NW
Introduction to theory and practice of seismic exploration. Application of refraction and reflection techniques to problems in engineering geology and mineral exploration. Constraints in the interpretation of subsurface structure. Prerequisite: either ESS 311 or OCEAN 410; either MATH 126 or MATH 136; PHYS 123. Offered: jointly with ESS 467.
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OCEAN 420 Physical Processes in the Ocean (4) NW
Physical properties and processes of the ocean: methods of describing ocean currents, waves, tides, and mixing and their effect on movement of water parcels. Prerequisite: either PHYS 114 or PHYS 121; either MATH 125 or Q SCI 381, which may be taken concurrently; OCEAN 210. Offered: W.
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OCEAN 421 Special Topics in Physical Oceanography (3) NW
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OCEAN 423 Ocean Circulation and Climate (3) NW
Quantitative treatment of ocean basin to global scale ocean circulation systems and their interaction with climate variability. Prerequisite: PHYS 123; MATH 125; recommended: OCEAN 210.
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OCEAN 430 Biological Oceanography (4) NW
Examines marine organisms, their quantitative distribution in time and space, and their interactions with the ocean. Emphasizes dominant pelagic forms of phytoplankton, bacterioplankton, and archaeoplankton; and their predators, viruses, and zooplankton. Case studies explore extreme environments, coral reefs, influence of climate change on oceanic ecosystems, and the coastal ocean. Prerequisite: BIOL 200; OCEAN 210; recommended: BIOL 220. Offered: A.
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OCEAN 431 Special Topics in Biological Oceanography (3) NW
Reviews current research. Topics include global change effects on marine organisms, marine pathogens and emerging diseases, introduced species, marine viruses, astrobiology, hydrothermal vents, symbiosis, animal physiology, larval forms and dispersal, biogeography, and environmental ethics. Prerequisite: either OCEAN 430 or any 400-level BIOL, FISH, or MICROM course.
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OCEAN 443 Undergraduate Thesis: Proposal (3) NW
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OCEAN 444 Undergraduate Thesis: Research (2)
Work closely with faculty mentors to conduct thesis research as designed in OCEAN 443 in a field, laboratory, or other guided research setting. Prerequisite: OCEAN 443. Offered: W.
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OCEAN 445 Undergraduate Thesis: Data Analysis and Writing (3) NW
Analyze results from senior thesis experiments and present results in a series of drafts and a final paper. Results are presented at a two-day long public research symposium and on the students; individual web sites. Prerequisite: OCEAN 444. Offered: Sp.
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OCEAN 450 Climatic Extremes (4) NW
Course examines Earth history for extreme climatic conditions to predict future climate changes. Numerical climate models use PC-based computer programs to identify processes and feedbacks that control climate. Offered: W.
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OCEAN 452 Spatial Information Technology in Ecosystem Sciences (3) NW Logsdon
Introduces the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), remote sensing, and spatial analysis in the ecosystem sciences. Emphasizes sampling and analysis of spatially-referenced data about the coastal and marine environments, integrating these technologies in an applied research setting. Offered: jointly with FISH 452; A.
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OCEAN 453 Geospatial Pattern Analysis and Geostatistics (3) NW Logsdon
Focuses on the application of geospatial pattern analysis and geostatistics in earth science research. Develops understanding in detecting, describing, and estimating spatial pattern and trends. Prerequisite: either Q SCI 381 or Q SCI 482; OCEAN 452. Offered: jointly with FISH 453; W.
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OCEAN 454 Hydrothermal Systems: An Interdisciplinary View (3) NW Lilley
Provides a general, interdisciplinary overview of seafloor hydrothermal systems including important geological, chemical, and biological processes. Topics include tectonic and volcanic controls on hydrothermal systems, water/rock reactions, phase separation, temporal variability, fluxes to the deep sea, micro- and macro biology. Offered: W.
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OCEAN 455 Introduction to Modeling in Oceanography (3) NW, QSR Grunbaum
Explores roles of ocean models in understanding past, current, and future conditions in marine environments. Focuses on active learning using models to ask and answer questions about biotic and abiotic processes in marine environments. Prerequisite: either OCEAN 200, FISH 250, OCEAN 250, BIOL 250, or ATM S 211. Offered: A.
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OCEAN 460 Marine Field Research (10) NW, QSR S. Veirs, V. Veirs
Intensive off-campus marine research experience. Includes five weeks designing a field experiment and a five-week cruise aboard a sailing research vessel to implement it. Offered: ASp.
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OCEAN 475 Current Research in Climate Science Seminar (3, max. 6)
Weekly lectures focusing on a particular aspect of climate from invited speakers, complemented by class discussion, readings, and final paper. Promotes interdisciplinary understanding of climate concepts. Prerequisite: either ESS 201, ATM S 211, or ATM S 321. Offered: jointly with ATM S 475/ESS 475; A.
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OCEAN 477 Seminar in Marine Biology (3) NW Roccap
Reviews current research in marine biology. Emphasizes critical readings and discussion of primary literature. Prerequisite: FISH 250, OCEAN 250, or BIOL 250; Q SCI 381, STAT 220, or STAT 311. Offered: jointly with BIOL 477/FISH 477; W.
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OCEAN 479 Research in Marine Biology (1-15, max. 15)
Individual research on topics in marine biology. Research projects supervised by an individual faculty member. Projects may include laboratory work, fieldwork, and literature surveys. Prerequisite: BIOL 250/FISH 250/OCEAN 250; Q SCI 381. Offered: jointly with BIOL 479/FISH 479; AWSpS.
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OCEAN 481 Puget Sound and Estuarine Oceanography (3) NW Keister, MacCready
Explores fundamental physical-biological processes in estuarine systems, using Puget Sound as a primary example. Topics include effects of circulation and mixing on residence time, nutrients, phytoplankton, zooplankton, and fish. Also covers hypoxia, the estuarine turbidity maximum, the intertidal zone, harmful algal blooms, and effects of climate change. Offered: W.
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OCEAN 482 The Changing Arctic Ocean (3) NW Deming, Woodgate
Investigates the interacting physical, chemical, and biological components of the Arctic ocean-ice-atmosphere system, including the most recent advances and considering the impacts of Arctic Change on Arctic and global climate, marine organisms and ecosystems, native communities, and future exploitation of an ice-free summer ocean. Offered: Sp.
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OCEAN 492 Friday Harbor Apprenticeship (9/15) NW
Intensive, full-time research training experience where teams of students work on focused research problems guided by a group of faculty, postdoctoral, and graduate student mentors. Research questions vary.
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OCEAN 494 Field Experiences in Marine Science (1-15, max. 30) NW
For participants in oceanography field work. Specific content varies and is individually evaluated. Credit does not apply to major requirements without approval.
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OCEAN 496 Study Abroad: Oceanography (1-15, max. 30) NW
For participants in UW study abroad program. Specific content varies and is individually evaluated. Credit does not apply to major requirements without approval.
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OCEAN 497 Advanced Special Topics in Oceanography (1-15, max. 15)
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OCEAN 499 Undergraduate Research (1-15, max. 24)
Individual research supervised by a faculty member. May involve laboratory work, fieldwork, or literature surveys. Offered: AWSpS.
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OCEAN 500 Current Problems in Oceanography (1, max. 10)
Discussion of research topics that are currently being investigated within the school. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Credit/no-credit only. Offered: AW.
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OCEAN 502 Spatial Information Technology in Ecosystem Sciences (3) Logsdon
Introduces the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), remote sensing, and spatial analysis in the ecosystem sciences. Emphasizes sampling and analysis of spatially-referenced data about the coastal and marine environments, integrating these technologies in an applied research setting. Offered: jointly with FISH 502; A.
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OCEAN 503 Geospatial Pattern Analysis and Geostatistics (3) Logsdon
Focuses on the application of geospatial pattern analysis and geostatistics in earth science research. Develops understanding in detecting, describing, and estimating spatial pattern and trends. Recommended: introductory statistics or permission of instructor. Offered: jointly with FISH 503; W.
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OCEAN 506 Interdisciplinary Seminar in Oceanography (1-3, max. 12)
Lectures, discussions, and work on selected problems of an interdisciplinary nature. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.
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OCEAN 507 Puget Sound and Estuarine Oceanography (3) Keister, MacCready
Explores fundamental physical-biological processes in estuarine systems, using Puget Sound as a primary example. Topics include effects of circulation and mixing on residence time, nutrients, phytoplankton, zooplankton, and fish. Also covers hypoxia, the estuarine turbidity maximum, the intertidal zone, harmful algal blooms, and effects of climate change. Offered: W.
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OCEAN 508 The Changing Arctic Ocean (3) Deming, Woodgate
Investigates the interacting physical, chemical, and biological components of the Arctic ocean-ice-atmosphere system, including the most recent advances and considering the impacts of Arctic Change on Arctic and global climate, marine organisms and ecosystems, native communities, and future exploitation of an ice-free summer ocean. Offered: Sp.
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OCEAN 509 Seminar (1, max. 30)
Introduction to current research topics for beginning graduate students. Credit/no-credit only. Offered: AWSp.
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OCEAN 510 Physics of Ocean Circulation (3)
Structure of ocean basins; physical properties of seawater and the equation of state; heat, salt, fresh water budgets; tidal potential; Coriolis effect and geostrophic balance; major current systems and water masses; mixing, stirring in the ocean; simple waves; modern experimental methods in physical oceanography. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Offered: A.
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OCEAN 511 Introduction to Fluid Dynamics (4)
Eulerian equations for mass-motion; Navier-Stokes equation for viscous fluids, Cartesion tensors, stress-strain relations; Kelvin's theorem, vortex dynamics; potential flows, flows with high-low Reynolds numbers; boundary layers, introduction to singular perturbation techniques; water waves; linear instability theory. Prerequisite: either a course in partial differential equations or permission of instructor. Offered: jointly with AMATH 505/ATM S 505; A, odd years.
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OCEAN 512 Geophysical Fluid Dynamics I (4)
Dynamics of rotating stratified fluid flow in the atmosphere/ocean and laboratory analogues. Equations of state, compressibility, Boussinesq approximation. Geostrophic balance, Rossby number. Poincare, Kelvin, Rossby waves, geostrophic adjustment. Ekman layers. Continuously stratified dynamics: Inertia-gravity waves, potential vorticity, quasigeostrophy. Prerequisite: OCEAN 511 or ATM S 505/AMATH 505. Offered: jointly with ATM S 509; W.
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OCEAN 513 Geophysical Fluid Dynamics II (3)
Theories, models of large-scale dynamics of oceans, atmospheres. Potential vorticity, Q principles; Rossby waves, ray tracing, Green's function, setup of general circulation; atmospheric "channels" versus ocean "basins"; wave-mean flow interaction, mountain drag, internal momentum flux; "Lagrangian" motion of particles, tracers; cascades, eddy flux of heat, moisture, Q. Prerequisite: OCEAN 512. Offered: Sp.
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OCEAN 514 Waves (3)
Application of marine hydrodynamics principles to wave motion in oceans. Offered: W.
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OCEAN 515 Ocean Circulation: Observations (3)
Modern large- and mesoscale ocean observations, interpreted in terms of contemporary circulation theories. Spectrum of temporal variability; eddies and eddy fluxes; ventilation; advection and diffusion in the abyss; transports of heat and salt; climatic scale of variability; modern methods for determining circulation. Prerequisite: OCEAN 510 or permission of instructor. Offered: Sp.
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OCEAN 517 Methods and Measurements in Physical Oceanography (3)
Principal instruments and experimental methods of physical oceanography. Devices and systems that measure pressure, temperature, electrical conductivity, sea state, and velocity. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.
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OCEAN 518 Scientific Writing and Graphics (2) Waddington, Warren
Covers principles of scientific writing; methods of ensuring clarity in writing for scientific journals and research proposals; principles of graph construction; and authorship, peer review, and citations. For graduate students in Earth-science related fields. Credit/no-credit only. Offered: jointly with ATM S 519/ESS 519; Sp, odd years.
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OCEAN 520 Marine Chemistry (3)
Processes controlling the chemical composition of seawater. Chemical distributions in the ocean, marine physical chemistry, chemical equilibrium, and concepts of mass balance. Mechanisms and models used to explain distributions of stable and radioactive isotopes, gases, trace metals, and biochemicals in the world's oceans. Offered: A.
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OCEAN 521 Aquatic Chemistry (3)
Application of physical chemistry and thermodynamics to processes that control chemical composition of natural waters. Equilibrium approach. Acid/base chemistry, the carbonate system, dissolution and precipitation, metal ions in solution, oxidation-reduction chemistry, silicate mineral reactions. Prerequisite: OCEAN 520 or permission of instructor. Offered: A.
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OCEAN 522 Marine Organic Geochemistry (3)
Sources, reactions, and fates of organic molecules in the marine environment along with the stable isotope geochemistry of marine organic substances. Prerequisite: CHEM 237 and CHEM 239 or permission of instructor.
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OCEAN 523 Geochemical Cycles (4)
Descriptive, quantitative aspects of earth as biogeochemical system. Study of equilibria, transport processes, chemical kinetics, biological processes; their application to carbon, sulfur, nitrogen, phosphorus, other elemental cycles. Stability of biogeochemical systems; nature of human perturbations of their dynamics. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Offered: jointly with ATM S 508/CHEM 523.
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OCEAN 529 Seminar on Chemical Oceanography (*, max. 30)
Lectures, discussions, and readings on selected problems of current interest. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Offered: AWSp.
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OCEAN 530 Marine Bacteria, Archaea, and Viruses (3)
Explores the role of marine microorganisms in transformations of dissolved and particulate organic matter. Covers the functional and phylogenetic diversity of bacteria, archaea, and viruses in the marine environment; the fate of organic carbon in the microbial loop; and the interrelationship of the carbon cycle with other biogeochemical cycles. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Offered: W, odd years.
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OCEAN 531 Marine Phytoplankton and Biogeochemistry (3)
Covers phytoplankton in the marine environment: evolution, ecology, primary productivity, and physiology, emphasizing their role in the global carbon cycle; spatial and temporal distributions of phytoplankton and how these patterns may change as ocean conditions change; and methods for determining distributions and rates in different ocean ecosystems. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Offered: W, even years.
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OCEAN 532 Marine Zooplankton Ecology (3)
Examines the roll of zooplankton in ecosystems and biogeochemical cycles. Covers the distribution and abundance of zooplankton in space and time; small-scale distributions; morphology and behavior; population dynamic, energetics, and secondary production; trophic structure and dynamics; biogeography; impacts of climate change; and models of populations and food chains.
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OCEAN 533 Marine Benthic Ecology (3)
Analyzes marine communities associated with the porous boundaries of the ocean, from sedimented seafloor and hydrothermal vents to sea ice (inverted benthos); emphasizing nutrition to these communities, including sinking organic aggregates, themselves porous habitats, and the role of symbiosis. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Offered: W, even years.
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OCEAN 535 Biological Oceanography (3)
Examines major patterns and processes in upper ocean pelagic ecosystems, emphasizing quantitative analysis of mechanisms controlling production and abundances of organisms, from plankton to fish. Introduces interdisciplinary study of effects of anthrogenically induced changes in climate and ocean chemistry on organisms, ecosystem processes, and biogeochemical cycles. Offered: A.
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OCEAN 539 Seminar in Biological Oceanography (*, max. 30)
Lectures, discussions, and work on selected problems of current interest. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Offered: AWSp.
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OCEAN 540 Marine Geology and Geophysics Processes (3) Nittrouer, Solomon
Synthesis of processes that form ocean basins and fill them with sediment, including: plate tectonics and the creation, evolution, and subduction of ocean crust; accumulation of terrestrial, biogenic, and authigenic sediments; and the history of paleoceanographic events recorded in the seafloor. Offered: W.
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OCEAN 541 Marine Sedimentary Processes (3)
Investigates fundamental process of marine sedimentation, including equations characterizing boundary-shear flows, initiation of grain motion, bedload and suspended-load transport, and sediment accumulation. Applies concepts to sediment dispersal in rivers, deltas, estuaries, beaches, continental shelves, slopes, and rises, with emphasis on the relationships between active processes and resulting deposits.
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OCEAN 544 Subseafloor Hydrogeology and Geochemistry (3) Soloman
Introduces the occurrence, composition, and movement of groundwater in the ocean crust and its role in a wide range of geologic and biogeochemical processes. Includes basic theories of groundwater motion, heat transport, solute transport, and hydromechanics with applications to diverse subseafloor environments ranging from mid-ocean ridges to subduction zones. Offered: Sp.
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OCEAN 545 Oceanic Lithosphere (3)
Basic principles of elasticity, fluid flow, and heat transport with specific applications to the formation and evolution of the oceanic lithosphere. Includes deformation of the earth, flow in porous media, heat transport, and marine seismological and potential field techniques. Prerequisite: OCEAN 540. Offered: jointly with ESS 568.
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OCEAN 546 Continental-Margin Sedimentation (3)
Detailed evaluation of recent studies into processes forming strata on continental margins, including the diverse time scales ranging from sediment transport to sequence stratigraphy. Highlights the linkages with physical oceanographic processes, the fates of geochemical components, and the relationship to biological communities. Offered: jointly with ESS 546.
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OCEAN 549 Seminar in Geological and Geophysical Oceanography (*, max. 30)
Lectures, discussions, and field and laboratory work on selected problems of current interest. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Offered: AWSp.
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OCEAN 550 Geochemistry and Geophysics of Melt Generation (3)
Mantle flow beneath mid-ocean ridges and hotspots, major element systematics, constraints from trace elements and isotopes on melting and mantle reservoirs, melt extraction, and crustal thickness and axial topography. Prerequisite: OCEAN 544 or permission of instructor.
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OCEAN 552 Seminar in Geophysics and Geological Data Analysis (1)
Practical geophysical data analysis, map projections, gridding multibeam bathymetry processing, gravity and magnetic anomalies, downward continuation, magnetic inversion, seismic refraction and reflection, and microearthquake locations. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.
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OCEAN 554 Paleoclimate Proxies (3) Alexander, Sachs
Provides a critical evaluation of the most commonly applied paleoclimate proxies from the ocean, land, and ice sheets. Offered: jointly with ATM S 554/ESS 554.
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OCEAN 558 Climate Modeling (3) Bitz, Thompson
Principles of Earth system modeling. Emphasis on atmosphere, ocean sea ice, and land-surface components. Climate forcing. Appropriate use of models. Topics of current interest including carbon cycle, atmosphere chemistry, and biogeochemistry. Prerequisite: either ATM S 587/OCEAN 587/ESS 587, ATM S 504 or ATM S 505. Offered: jointly with ATM S 559/ESS 559.
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OCEAN 559 Advanced Seminar on Mid-Ocean Ridge Processes (*, max. 9)
Lectures, discussions, and practical work on selected topics of current interest in mid-ocean ridge research. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.
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OCEAN 560 Atmosphere/Ocean Interactions (3)
Observations and theory of phenomena of the coupled atmosphere-ocean system. El Nino/Southern Oscillation; decadal tropical variability; atmospheric teleconnections; midlatitude atmosphere-ocean variability. Overview of essential ocean and atmospheric dynamics, where appropriate. Prerequisite: ATM S 509/OCEAN 512. Credit/no-credit only. Offered: jointly with ATM S 560.
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OCEAN 569 Topics in Physical Oceanography (1-4, max. 30)
Lecture series on topics of major importance in physical oceanography. Offered: AWSp.
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OCEAN 570 Marine Microbial Interactions (1-3, max. 9)
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OCEAN 572 Marine Protist Ecology (1-3, max. 9)
Examines the phagotrophic (protozoa) and mixotrophic (both photosynthetic and phagotropic) protists, including: interactions with predators and prey; and adaptations to changing environments, evolutionary, and ecological implications of mixotrophy. Prerequisite: OCEAN 532 or permission of instructor. Offered: Sp.
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OCEAN 578 Advanced Topics in Biological Oceanography (*, max. 18)
Specialized research areas. Topic varies each year. Offered at Friday Harbor Laboratories. Prerequisite: permission of director of Friday Harbor Laboratories. Offered: S.
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OCEAN 580 Aquatic Kinetics (3)
Reaction rates and mass transport in water. Theories of chemical kinetics; experimental results from: CO2 hydrolysis, Fe, Mn, and H2S oxidation, stable isotope fractionation, mineral dissolution; homogeneous, heterogeneous, microbial catalysis; reaction and transport at air-water, sediment-water, and O2/H2S interfaces. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.
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OCEAN 582 River Basin Biogeochemistry (3)
The function of rivers and river basins in transporting materials to the oceans and their importance in biogeochemical cycles. Origin of water and water routing within drainage basins, sources and modification of dissolved and particulate materials in transport, ecological theory, and estuarine mixing zone transformations. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.
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OCEAN 583 Isotope Biogeochemistry (3)
The use of stable isotopes to study biogeochemical cycles in the oceans and atmosphere; specifically carbon, nitrogen, and sulfur cycles. Isotopic effects during photosynthesis, respiration, organic matter degradation. CaCO3 dissolution, methanogenesis, nitrification/denitrification, and sulfate reduction. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.
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OCEAN 584 Ocean Tracers and Mixing (3)
The applications of tracers to studies of ocean circulation and ventilation. Processes within the ocean for which tracers have provided important information include gas exchange, mixed layer dynamics, thermocline ventilation, deep water formation and spreading, and mixing. Knowledge of partial differential equations suggested.
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OCEAN 586 Current Research in Climate Change (2, max. 20)
Weekly lectures focusing on a particular aspect of climate (topic to change each year) from invited speakers (both UW and outside), plus one or two keynote speakers, followed by class discussion. Credit/no-credit only. Offered: jointly with ATM S 586/ESS 586.
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OCEAN 587 Fundamentals of Climate Change (3)
Examines Earth's climate system; distribution of temperature, precipitation, wind ice, salinity, and ocean currents; fundamental processes determining Earth's climate; energy and constituent transport mechanisms; climate sensitivity; natural climate variability on interannual to decadal time scales; global climate models; predicting future climate. Offered: jointly with ATM S 587/ESS 587.
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OCEAN 588 The Global Carbon Cycle and Climate (3) Emerson
Oceanic and terrestrial biogeochemical processes controlling atmospheric CO2 and other greenhouse gases. Records of past changes in the earth's carbon cycle from geological, oceanographic, and terrestrial archives. Anthropogenic perturbations to cycles. Develop simple box models, discuss results of complex models. Offered: jointly with ATM S 588/ESS 588; W.
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OCEAN 589 Paleoclimatology: Data, Modeling, and Theory (3)
Evidence for past changes in land and sea surface temperature, in precipitation and atmospheric dynamics, and in ocean circulation: both long and interannual timescales. Paleoclimate modeling and theory. Time series analysis and climate noise. Rapid climate change. Statistical reconstruction of interannual variability. Offered: jointly with ATM S 589/ESS 589.
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OCEAN 590 Advanced Topics in Oceanography (9-18, max. 18)
Advanced topics examining specialized and interdisciplinary areas of oceanographic research. Offered at Friday Harbor Laboratories. Prerequisite: permission of Director of Friday Harbor Laboratories. Offered: S.
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OCEAN 591 Marine Science in the Coastal Zone (3) Klinger
Presentation and analysis of the marine science of estuarine, coastal, and open ocean systems, including evaluation and interpretation of scientific information necessary for management. Lectures, discussions, and readings emphasize the relevance of natural processes to marine environmental management and decision-making. Offered: jointly with SMEA 591; A.
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OCEAN 592 Communicating Ocean Sciences (4) Robigou
Explores improving communicating scientific knowledge through instruction of inquiry-based science in school classrooms. Students practice communicating science, and receive mentoring on how to improve their presentations. Prerequisite: Marine sciences studies background. Offered: Sp.
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OCEAN 593 Climate Science Seminar (1) Mote
Focuses on how to communicate climate science to many different audiences through careful construction of figures and through written and oral communication. Credit/no-credit only. Offered: jointly with ATM S 593/ESS 593; W.
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OCEAN 596 Climate Science Capstone Project (1-5, max. 5) Mote
Climate capstone directed by a mentor, may be a group effort, and may encompass curriculum development, internships, workshop organization, etc., capturing interdisciplinary aspects of climate science and effective communication of climate science. Offered: jointly with ATM S 596/ESS 596; AWSpS.
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OCEAN 600 Independent Study or Research (*-)
Offered: AWSpS.
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OCEAN 700 Master's Thesis (*-)
Offered: AWSpS.
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OCEAN 800 Doctoral Dissertation (*-)
Offered: AWSpS.
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