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This course examines ocean and coastal environmental science issues including carbon dioxide and the ocean’s role in climate, El Niño and other ocean-atmosphere oscillations that influence our weather, coastal erosion and other hazards, coastal pollution, and fisheries. The focus is on controlling processes with regional comparisons. Blue water oceanography is conducted in the Atlantic and comparative coastal oceanography includes trips to southern New England shores, and the West and Gulf coasts of the US as part of the Williams-Mystic program. This course is in the Oceans and Climate group for the Geosciences major.
Format: lecture; including coastal and near-shore field trips, 11 days offshore, and a laboratory or field research project
Grading: yes pass/fail option,
yes fifth course option
two tests, a research project, and a presentation
offered only at Mystic Seaport
This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
ENVI Natural World Electives
EVST Living Systems Courses
EXPE Experiential Education Courses
GEOS Group A Electives - Climate + Oceans