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The Sea, Introductory Course

  • 7.5 credits

Oceans cover more than 70% of our planet’s surface, yet they are scarcely known.

The course offers an introduction to different circulation patterns, sediment types, environments and organisms in the Atlantic Ocean, the Pacific Ocean, the Indian Ocean and the Arctic Seas. Included is also a visit to the Askö field station of the Marine Research Centre. We will travel on the research vessel of the Marine Research Station, core sediments from the bottom of the Baltic Sea and study the instruments which are commonly used by researchers. Thereby we will obtain a deeper insight into the oceanographic, sedimentological and ecological conditions which are specific for the Baltic Sea.

iconField trip to Askö research station

More information about the field trip under course structure.

  • Course structure

    Field trip to Askö research station

    The course field trip will take place at the Askö research station.

    Preliminary Field trip information (47 Kb)


    Is based on a written/oral assessment at the end of the course. Assessment criteria are:
    A = Excellent
    B = Very good
    C = Good
    D = Satisfactory
    E = Sufficient
    Fx = Insufficient
    F = Entirely insufficient

    The assessment criteria will be outlined at the start of the course. To pass the course, a minimum grade E is necessary.

  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.

    Authors: Trujillo & Thurman, 2013
    Essentials of Oceanography
    Pearson New International Edition, 11th Edition
    ISBN-10 1-292-04978-2, ISBN-13 978-1-292-04978-6, e-book
    ISBN-10 1-292-04100-5, ISBN-13 978-1-292-04100-1, print
    Warning: Make sure to buy the international edition. The US/Canadian version will cost twice as much for the same information!
    Earlier versions of the book can also be used.

    Course policies HT18 (71 Kb)

  • Contact

    Martin JakobssonProfessor of Marine geology and geophysics
    Martin Jakobsson
    +46 (0)8 16 47 19 | Room: R209

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