OCOR 5605 Marine Chemistry: Getting Started

Course Guide for the OC Core Course in Marine Chemistry (OCOR 5605)
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OCOR 5605 - Marine Chemistry

Marine Chemistry

Course Number: OCOR - 5605

A study of the properties, composition and origin of seawater; the chemical processes in the oceans; the importance, distribution, relationships, and cycling of the major inorganic nutrients, trace metals, dissolved oxygen, salinity, temperature, density, pH, carbonate parameters and climate change. 

Marine Chemistry

Course Number: OCOR - 5605

Required Textbook

An Introduction to the Chemistry of the Sea, 2nd ed., Michael EQ Pilson, Cambridge University Press, 2013. ISBN: 9780521757775

https://www.amazon.com/Introduction-Chemistry-Sea-Michael-Pilson/dp/0521887070/

Options: hardcopy, e-book, and rent book for semester.  

Recommended Textbook

Chemical Oceanography, 4th Ed., Frank J. Millero, Taylor & Francis Group, 2013. ISNB: 9781466512498

https://www.amazon.com/Chemical-Oceanography-Fourth-Frank-Millero/dp/B00DDXT9AS

Options: hardcopy, e-book, and rent book for semester.  

Marine Chemistry

Course Number: OCOR - 5605

The students will:

  • Explain the concepts of salinity and composition of the major seawater ions.
  • Describe the distribution of salinity, temperature and density in the oceans.
  • Compare and contrast the physical properties of seawater and freshwater.
  • Describe the distribution of dissolved oxygen in the oceans, seasonal variations, physical and biological processes affecting oxygen concentrations and its importance for marine life.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the importance, major forms, distribution, measurement and cycling of inorganic forms of phosphate, nitrogen and silicate (nutrients) and trace elements in the oceans.
  • Explain the carbonate system, pH distribution in the oceans and the concept of ocean acidification as well as its implications in marine life.
  • Correctly determine the pH of seawater and interpret the meaning of pH fluctuations in biological or ecological terms.
  • Explain the distribution of nutrients in the oceans & describe the importance to measure water quality parameters in coastal areas.
  • List the chemical methods and oceanographic instrumentation used to analyze chemical parameters in seawater.
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