On Thin Ice: The Arctic Ocean in a Changing Climate

Arctic-based oceanography course

The goal of the course is to introduce students to Arctic related issues, focusing on the marine ecosystem, and further develop skills and tools that are integral to the SMS curriculum (e.g., quantitative skills, oral and written communication skills, critical thinking and inquiry).

This is an interdisciplinary course, integrating physics, chemistry, biology and human components of the Arctic Ocean (AO) ecosystem in the context of Earth’s climate system. Topics that will be covered include (but not limited to): Physical and chemical oceanography of the AO, sea ice and its local and global significance, life in the AO (from the microscopic plankton to the charismatic megafauna (whales and polar bears)), human-Arctic interactions, current challenges in predicting future impacts on the ecosystem, and the thrill of science and human exploration.

In the course of the semester students will learn to analyze and interpret sea ice and other environmental data, find, read and discuss scientific papers, integrate knowledge from different fields, identify connections between components of the system, practice communication skills and experience working in a group. 

Course details

Academic level(s)Bachelor
CountryUnited States
Language of instruction
InstitutionClimate Change Institute - University of Maine
Begin date31.08.2020
End date18.12.2020
Registration deadline07.09.2020
ECTS credits3.0
Field schoolNo
Fields of studyPhysical science (broad programmes)
Teaching placeUniversity of Maine
Tagsoceanographysea ice
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