Earth & Environmental Sciences
ENVR 3125: Global Oceanic Change
Lecture - 4 credits
- Explores major changes in physical, biological, and chemical properties of the ocean over geological and human timescales.
- Includes origin and early evolution of the oceans; sea-level change; global warming; ocean acidification; the role of plate tectonics in driving long-term oceanic change; the role of atmospheric carbon dioxide in driving short-term oceanic change; tipping points in the oceans; snowball earth theory; marine pollution; oil exploration; and social, economic, and political implications of global oceanic change.
- Themes include differentiating drivers of change across multiple temporal and spatial scales; evaluating change from different and sometimes conflicting perspectives (social, economic, political, environmental); differentiating local and global change; and establishing linkages between physical, chemical, and biological processes in the ocean.
- Requires prior completion of one laboratory science course or permission of instructor.
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