Importance of this Unit to the Course
The ocean exchanges heat, water, and
trace gases with the atmosphere and, being a fluid, moves heat and biological
materials horizontally around the globe and vertically near continents. This
information in needed for understanding the climate system, global warming, and
ocean biology that are described in other units.
- To understand the forces that drive the circulation patterns of the
global oceans and the relation of global atmospheric circulation to
global ocean circulation.
- To understand the time and space scales of flow in the global ocean,
including inter-basin transport and its role in transporting heat
(You must complete this section before class.)
- Read the
for offline review; images only.)
- Take the
- Review additional reading material (this material is not covered in the
quiz, but offers more ideas for online discussion)
Discussion (online / face-to-face)
(See your portfolio for due dates and times)
A major component of the course is participation in the online dialog.
The following types of comments are required:
The following may be used as discussion starters for the online dialog:
- Social Comments
- Knowledge-building Comments
- Ethical Comments
- Unit Problem to Ponder:
If we run short of food raised on land, why can't we "farm" the
vast reaches of the ocean far from continents?
- Unit exam questions
from previous years
- Unit discussions from previous years, available from
the current online discussion