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OCOR 5605 Marine Chemistry: Getting Started

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

Your First Stop in Oceanography Research

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OCOR 5605 - Marine Chemistry

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. 

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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.