Ocean Science 101 is a comprehensive introductory course to the science of Oceanography and Marine biology. Aimed at snorkellers or qualified divers it explores and explains the processes that take place in the ocean. Open to all – practical work can be done in or out of water. (Course schedule & costs)
Marine ecosystems and biodiversity
The relationships between organisms within ecosystems.
The connection between environment, biodiversity and ecological niches.
Energy & nutrients in marine ecosystems
Photosynthesis and chemosynthesis as means of energy capture.
Productivity and energy flow along food chains.
Inputs and outputs to the reservoir of dissolved nutrients.
The biological uses of nutrients.
Nutrient availability and productivity.
Coral reefs and lagoons
The Darwin-Dana-Daly theory of atoll formation.
The protective role of reefs, and the causes and effects of reef erosion.
Reconstructing the history of reefs.
The ocean floor and the coast
Tectonic processes and the ocean basin.
The littoral zone
Physical and chemical oceanography
Factors affecting the chemical composition of seawater.
Layering and mixing in the oceans.
El Niño, monsoon winds and tropical cyclones
Physiology of marine primary producers
The relationship between habitat and the distribution of primary producers.
Factors affecting the rate of photosynthesis.
Aspects of marine animal physiology
Gaseous exchange and transport systems.
Marine animal reproductive behaviour
Life cycles of marine animals.
The need for sustainable fisheries.
Monitoring of fish stocks.
Methods of stock management and the enforcement of restrictions.
Methods of rehabilitating depleted stocks.
Processes for intensive and extensive aquaculture.
The requirements and impacts of aquaculture.
Human impact on marine ecosystems
Ecological impacts of industrial activities.
The accumulation of toxins in food chains.
Global warming and its impact.
The ecological effects of shipwrecks.
Marine conservation and ecotourism
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