OCEANOGRAPHY

Academic year 2018/2019 Syllabus of previous years
Official course title OCEANOGRAPHY
Course code CM0440 (AF:275558 AR:159252)
Modality Frontal Lesson
ECTS credits 6 out of 12 of OCEANOGRAPHY AND CLIMATOLOGY
Degree level Master's Degree Programme (DM270)
Educational sector code GEO/12
Period 1st Semester
Course year 1
Where VENEZIA
Contribution of the course to the overall degree programme goals
The lecture represents an introduction in physical oceanography. Special attention will be paid to operational aspects, possibly also during excursions also in the Lagoon of Venice.
Knowledge and comprehension of physical oceanography aimed at a deep understanding of the climate system, its past evolution, and its possible alterations, belong to the fundamental objectives of the "global environmental change" curriculum
Expected learning outcomes
1. Knowledge and comprehension
Knowledge and comprehension concerning oceanic phenomena as well as their temporal and spatial evolution
2. Capability of applying knowledge and comprehension
Capability to recognize different physical oceanic phenomena from the analysis of observed/simulated data
3. Assessment capability
Capability of conjecturing possible evolutions of physical oceanic phenomena and their variability

Pre-requirements
Basic physics and mathematics.
Contents
1)Introduction;
2) The Oceans;
3) Characteristics of sea water
4) Optics and acoustics;
5) Hydrodynamics;
6) Tides, surface and internal waves;
7) Large-scale oceanography;
8) coastal phenomena;
9) Mesoscale oceanography: fronts, vortices, filaments;
10) The Mediterranean Sea
EXS) Operative aspects.
Referral texts
Pond, S. and G.L. Pickard, 1983: Introductory Dynamic Oceanography. Pergamon Press, 2nd. edition, 330 pp.
Pickard, G.L. and W.J. Emery, 1990: Descriptive Physical Oceanography – An Introduction. Pergamon Press, 5th edition, 320 pp.
Slides.
Assessment methods
Goal of the oral exam is to ascertain the comprehension of the different topic of the class, particularly as far as the elaboration of the acquired information is concerned.
Teaching methods
Frontal lectures to be performed also during possible excursions.
Teaching language
English
Further information
The oral exam is aimed at a candidate's valuation in the whole discipline of the lecture. After a first invitation to discuss a topic chosen by the candidate -this serves to test the acquired knowledge on a particularly familiar topic- the exam continues focussing on several of the remaining topics
Type of exam
oral
2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals

This subject deals with topics related to the macro-area "Climate change and energy" and contributes to the achievement of one or more goals of U. N. Agenda for Sustainable Development

Definitive programme.
Last update of the programme
28/03/2018