|Semester 2 2023-24
This module aims to provide students with insight into atmosphere and ocean science, covering aspects of climate change, ecosystem processes and geochemistry. It will explore in detail the physical and chemical aspects of oceans and atmospheres and focus on key issues of concern, such as ocean acidification, urban (including indoor) air quality and stratospheric ozone depletion. The lectures will be complemented by practicals, workshops, seminars and a field trip. The material in this flipped-module will focus on topical research in the two areas and also, at the interface between them.
By the end of this module students should:
have in depth knowledge of the structure and composition of the atmosphere and oceans, and their biological, physical and chemical controls
understand and be able to employ mathematical descriptors of atmospheric and ocean dynamics
have an awareness of current research and developments in atmospheric and ocean science
be able to critically analyse current research papers (in ocean or atmospheric science)
Generic / Employability Skills:
improved knowledge and understanding of the Earths system
confidence in using mathematical equations to describe environmental processes
critical reading skills
|% of module mark
|Online Exam - 24 hrs (Centrally scheduled)
Atmosphere & Ocean Sci Open Exam
|% of module mark
Within the usual 4-week turnaround time.
Much of the course reading will be research papers, which will be identified as we go through the lectures.
For the atmospheric part of the course, no books cover the whole course content, but those listed below are useful for different aspects of the course. In terms of air quality management (for those considering a future in this area), the book by Jacobson is probably the most useful.
M. Jacobson (2002), Atmospheric Pollution, Cambridge.
R.G. Barry and R.J. Chorley (2009), Atmosphere, weather and climate (8th edition), Routledge
R. Harrison (2006), An Introduction to Pollution Science, Chapter 2, RSC Publishing, offers an excellent overview of the course. Chapter 6 provides further information on health issues.
The following texts could be of use in helping you to understand basic principles in physical, chemical and biological oceanography.
A. Trujillo and H. Thurman, (2013), Essentials of Oceanography, Prentice Hall
A. R. Duxbury, A. C. Duxbury and K. A. Sverdrup, (2002) Fundamentals of Oceanography, McGraw Hill
L. D. Talley, G. L. Pickard, W. J. Emery and J. H. Swift (2012) Descriptive Physical Oceanography, Elsevier
G. Bigg, (2003) The Oceans and Climate, Cambridge
S. M. Libes, (2009) Introduction to Marine Biogeochemistry, Academic Press