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11.2.2020 at 08:00 - 2.3.2020 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.

Basics in oceanography (FYS2075 Meritieteen peruskurssi or equivalent) is the prerequisite.

The course helps to build a clear understanding of shelf sea physical processes. After completing the course the students can

  1. Explain the general characteristics of shallow seas, their similarities and differences.
  2. Resolve mathematically physical problems related to shallow oceans.
  3. Describe how shallow seas interact with deep waters, land and atmosphere.
  4. Address questions such as: how important are the shelf processes to ecosystems and society; what is the future of the coastal regions?

4th or 5th year, First course in oceanography (Meritieteen peruskurssi) and Basic course in hydrology (Hydrologic peruskurssi needed for background knowledge.

The course is offered in spring term every 2nd year in period IV.

  1. General characteristics of shelf and coastal seas
  2. Physical forcing in the shelf seas and the coastal zone
  3. Response to forcing, upwelling
  4. Waves, mixing and tidal processes
  5. Interaction between shelf seas, deep ocean and land, estuaries
  6. Shallow seas modelling and forecasting
  7. Future of shelf seas and coastal zone

Required literature: Simpson J. & Sharpless J. (2012) Introduction to the Physical and Biological Oceanography of Shelf Seas

Recommended reading: Tomczak M. (1998) Shelf and Coastal Oceanography; Bowden K.F. (1983) Physical Oceanography of coastal waters

Lectures, exercises, reporting and presentation.

Activity, exercises, exam, report and presentation. Grading 1-5.