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Biogeochemistry describes the cycling of carbon, nitrogen, sulfur and much more through the Earth system. Marine biogeochemistry is a relatively young science which over the past 50 years has grown from the application of chemical analyses of environmental samples to problems of material transports and transformation, to now encompass the influence of these chemical processes on the biosphere and conversely the influence of biological processes on chemical distributions. The overall field is very broad, ranging from questions such as the origin and possible extraction of important resources from seawater (e.g. rare earth elements, gold or uranium) to the impact of new substrates such as plastics on water quality. In this brief introductory unit, we focus on just one small subset of the field – the interactions of ocean productivity and biogeochemical processes with climate processes at the global scale, with a particular focus on oceanic control of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide and the incorporation of these processes in the next generation of Earth system models.
|Unit name||Marine Biogeochemistry|
|College/School||College of Sciences and Engineering
Institute for Marine & Antarctic Studies
|Discipline||Oceans and Cryosphere|
|Coordinator||Mr Tyler Rohr|
|Delivered By||University of Tasmania|
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- Describe the distribution of carbon and nutrients in the ocean and the processes that generate these distributions
- Describe the interactions between physics, chemistry and biology that determine biological productivity in the oceans.
- Obtain and manipulate ocean biogeochemical data to improve an understanding of biogeochemical processes.
- Describe how isotopes are measured and used to quantify biogeochemical cycles and processes.
- Explain the process of constructing a biogeochemical ocean model to inform its operation and limitation.
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You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:KSA306
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This is an intensive unit taught over 5 days. There are lectures for 3 hours in the morning and then computer based practicals in the afternoons. Students are required to attend all lectures and laboratory sessions. A student who fails to attend at least 80% of the lectures and laboratory sessions will, unless there are extenuating (e.g., medical) circumstances, be ineligible to pass the unit
|Assessment||Reflective Journal (15%)|Questions from practicals (35%)|Project (50%)|
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Mathematical Methods for Oceanographers: An Introduction, E. Laws, 1997
Climate Change 2013: The Physical Science Basis. The fifth assessment report of the IPCC. The whole document is relevant, but particularly Chapter 6, Carbon and Other Biogeochemical Cycles. Available here http://www.ipcc.ch/report/ar5/wg1/
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