OCEAN 482 – The Changing Arctic Ocean
Mondays/Wednesdays, 11am-12:20pm, (3 credits) in OTB 205
Taught by Jody Deming and Rebecca Woodgate
OCEAN 482 satisfies one of two required 3-credit electives for the Arctic Minor. The course is designed for senior natural science majors (and is also offered under another number for grad students); it would be challenging for others.
In this interdisciplinary course, students will explore the interacting physical, chemical, and biological components of the Arctic System, including: riddles of Arctic Ocean circulation; defining roles of the sea-ice cover; likely shifts in nutrient regimes and ecosystems; and recent explorations of the seafloor; and consider the impacts of Arctic Change on global climate, native communities, and future exploitation of an ice-free summer ocean.
The aims of the course are to develop an understanding of how the Arctic ocean system works, an understanding of observed and potential changes in the Arctic and impacts of these changes in the Arctic and beyond, and an appreciation of why we should care about Arctic changes.