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18.12.2019 at 08:00 - 7.1.2020 at 23:59



Master’s Programme in Atmospheric Sciences is responsible for the course.

Module where the course belongs to:

  • ATM300 Advanced Studies in Atmospheric Sciences
    Optional for:
    1. Study Track in Geophysics of the Hydrosphere

The course is available to students from other degree programmes.

Descriptive oceanography aims at describing and explaining how and why the ocean physical system works. It forms a necessary empirical knowledge for all oceanographers. The course contains oceanographic data analysis and principles of hydrography and circulation as the fundaments. A general scheme for a large scale basins in the upper and lower hemisphere with equatorial systems in between are presented. Then the topography of the sea floor follows. Then the hydrography and circulation of the oceans are presented: Atlantic Ocean, Pacific Ocean, Indian Ocean, Southern Ocean and Arctic Ocean. A few selected mediterranean and marginal seas such as the Baltic Sea, Barents Sea, North Sea and Meditttanean Sea are gone through at the end.

Recommend time for completion is 2nd or 3rd year, First course in oceanography (Meriteteen peruskurssi needed for background education).

The course will be lectured every other year (odd years) in the I period.

Lynne D. Talley, George L. Pickard, William J. Emery and James H. Swift 2011) Descrptive physical oceanography (6th ed.). An introductio. Elsevier.

Lecures and exercises and seminar. Home work for the exercised and seminar preparation.

At least 1/3 of the exercises must be completed and a seminar talk needs to be given. Exam at the end. Grading 1-5.

Lectures, mathematical exercises, and student seminar.