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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Hours to complete
4 hours to complete

1A - The Mediterranean: a model of an ocean - Temperature, salinity and pressure.

Module 1 addresses some of the fundamental concepts of descriptive oceanography related to the physical characteristics of water: the vertical distribution of temperature and salinity, TS diagram, stability and destabilization of the water column, the formation of water dense and deep, the water masses and circulation. It is necessary also introduces concepts to understand the relationship between the distribution of the mass of water, its surface topography of a regional or larger scale, and called geostrophic circulation, where it plays a fundamental role the Coriolis force. While the concepts presented have general applicability, examples are the Mediterranean, starting with the characteristics of the waters near Barcelona, where it begins and ends the Barcelona World Race, and ending with the general circulation of the water masses around the Mediterranean....
Reading
5 videos (Total 59 min), 13 readings, 1 quiz
Video5 videos
1.0 Video Introduction10m
1.1 Video Temperature, salinity, density15m
1.2.1 Video Introduction: Vertical profiles for T and S on the Catalan coast, NW Mediterranean.11m
1.2.2 Video Vertical stability12m
Reading13 readings
Introduction10m
Course structure10m
1. Introduction to the module 1 (A and B)10m
1.1 The Mediterranean: a model of an ocean - Temperature, salinity and pressure10m
1.1.1 Temperature10m
1.1.2 Salinity10m
1.1.3 Pressure10m
1.1.4 Density and the T/S diagram10m
1.2 The annual hydrographic cycle opposite Barcelona10m
1.2.1 Vertical profiles for T and S on the Catalan coast, NW Mediterranean.10m
1.2.2 Vertical stability10m
1.2.3 Stability gains and losses10m
1.2.4 The construction and destruction of the thermocline10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Quiz 1A30m
Week
2
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

1B - The Mediterranean: a model of an ocean - Water masses and circulation

In this module you will learn how dense waters and water bodies are formed. Where the Mediterranean will be used as a model of ocean. As well as some of the fundamental concepts of marine dynamics, which is how the Coriolis and pressure gradient force is formed. Besides the importance of dynamic topography and geostrophic flow. Hope will be to your liking....
Reading
4 videos (Total 66 min), 8 readings, 1 quiz
Video4 videos
1.4 Video: The Mediterranean a model of an ocean16m
1.5.1 Video The pressure gradient force13m
1.5.2 Video: The Coriolis Force17m
Reading8 readings
1.3 The formation of dense water and water masses10m
1.4 The Mediterranean a model of an ocean10m
1.4.1 The Mediterranean, a negative estuary10m
1.4.2 The circulation of the Mediterranean's main masses of water10m
1.5 Fundamental concepts of marine dynamics10m
1.5.1 The “pressure gradient force”10m
1.5.2 The Coriolis Force10m
1.5.3 Dynamic topography and geostrophic circulation10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Quiz 1B30m
Week
3
Hours to complete
6 hours to complete

2. The Global Ocean

This module will enter fully into the Global Ocean, will review and generalize the aspects previously referred to in the previous module. We will see the role of the ocean on a global scale, and how we can affect those who live closer or farther from the coast. Try to understand why it is still quite unknown and will glance nose in the marine environment. That is, how it behaves for those living beings, most who live within the ocean or in direct contact with him....
Reading
12 videos (Total 151 min), 18 readings, 1 quiz
Video12 videos
2.1.2 Video: The water cycle on the planet6m
2.1.3 Video: The confinement of the ocean and the freedom of the atmosphere. Exchanges of energy and evaporation. Heating and cooling. Consequences of ocean dynamics.14m
2.1.4 Video: Vertical structure by density. Intrusions and intermediate waters7m
2.2.1 Video Circulation, water masses and the internal structure of the oceans. Geostrophy or how ocean structure reflects circulation and how the circulation affects structure14m
2.2.3 Video Wind-induced circulation. Ekman and upwelling.13m
2.3.1 Video Instabilities. Inertial motion. Mesoscale.10m
2.3.2 Video Deep and intermediate water formation18m
2.3.3 Video Climate impact. Heat distribution on the planet. Hidden heat.13m
2.3.4 Video Non-linearity and instabilities: Niños and Niñas14m
2.4.1 Video A three-dimensional environment, with little or no visibility and no fixed references12m
2.4.2 Video A sea full of life: the pelagic and benthic environments. Near to and far from the coast. In light and darkness.13m
Reading18 readings
2. Introduction Planet Earth is also 'planet water'10m
2.1.The Global Ocean10m
2.1.1 From the Mediterranean to the ocean. Changing scales past Gibraltar10m
2.1.2 Water cycle on the planet10m
2.1.3 The confinement of the ocean and the freedom of the atmosphere. Exchanges of energy and evaporation. Heating and cooling. Consequences of ocean dynamics.10m
2.1.4 Vertical structure by density. Intrusions and intermediate waters10m
Introduction Ocean Circulation10m
2.2.1 Circulation, water masses and te internal structure of the oceans. Geostrophy or how ocean structure reflects circulation and how the circulation affects structure10m
2.2.2 Thermohaline circulation. Water transport and the conveyor belt10m
2.2.3 Wind-induced circulation. Ekman and upwelling.10m
2.3 Introduction Other scales of motion10m
2.3.1 Instabilities. Inertial motion. Mesoscale.10m
2.3.2 Deep and intermediate water formation10m
2.3.3 Climate impact. Heat distribution on the planet. Hidden heat.10m
2.3.4 Non-linearity and instabilities: Niños and Niñas10m
2.4 Introduction The ocean as an environment. A sea full of life10m
2.4.1 A three-dimensional environment, with little or no visibility and no fixed references10m
2.4.2 A sea full of life: the pelagic and benthic environments. Near to and far from the coast. In light and darkness.10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Quiz 230m
Week
4
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

3A. Satellite oceanography: all eyes on the planet (I)

In this module you will learn the importance of ocean observation by satellite, talk about remote sensing, electromagnetic radiation emitted and reflected, and the importance of their study for navigation....
Reading
4 videos (Total 22 min), 9 readings, 1 quiz
Video4 videos
3.1.1 Video Can we do something similar for the ocean?5m
3.1.2 Video Why do we want to use remote sensing for oceanography?7m
3.2.2 Video Sensing the ocean surface from a satellite6m
Reading9 readings
3.1 What is remote sensing? Why do we want to observe the ocean from space?10m
3.1.1 Can we do something similar for the ocean?10m
3.1.2 Why do we want to use remote sensing for oceanography?10m
3.1.3 Advantages and disadvantages of ocean remote sensing10m
3.2 Electromagnetic radiation emitted and reflected by the ocean10m
3.2.1 Oceans and electromagnetic radiation10m
3.2.2 Sensing the ocean surface from a satellite10m
3.2.3 Sea Surface Temperature (SST)10m
3.2.4 Ocean colour10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Quiz 3A30m
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Jordi Serra

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Grupo de Geociencias Marinas

About Universitat de Barcelona

The University of Barcelona is the most formidable public institution of higher education in Catalonia, catering to the needs of the greatest number of students and delivering the broadest and most comprehensive offering in higher educational courses. The UB is also the principal centre of university research in Spain and has become a European benchmark for research activity, both in terms of the number of research programmes it conducts and the excellence these have achieved....

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