The course covers the following main topics: Ocean morphology. Freshwater and seawater physical and chemical properties. Properties of the history and basic principles for the explanation of atmospheric conditions, climate, wind-driven and thermohaline ocean currents, waves, tides and the spread of contaminants. Descriptive oceanography with emphasis on the North Atlantic, Polar areas and Norwegian coastal and fjord areas. Oceanographic determinants for sea life.
On successful completion of the course:
The student should have knowledge and understanding of
- lakes and oceans as an environment for living organisms
- physical processes in lakes and oceans
The student should be able to:
- define and use key concepts in basic physical oceanography
- to account for modern methods of data collection
- apply basic physical knowledge to explain key issues related to freshwater and seawater as an environment for living organisms
The student should:
- be able to adopt a critical stance towards 'taken for granted' or common-sense understandings of oceans as physical environments
- be able to analyze textual material from a wide range of sources on this subject
- be able to pursue further studies in science with a view to a desired career in the future
- transfer and use relevant skills in a future workplace context
Admission to the course follows the admission requirement in the bachelor program in biology.