The ocean has an impact on all the atmospheric changes that happen to the earth. In this course we will examine early ocean exploration and the ocean basins. We will then investigate the properties of sea water, ocean circulation, waves, tsunamis, climate change and El Nino. We will also study the geology of the ocean including sea-floor spreading and continental drift. Finally, marine biology will be examined with detailed discussion of extinct marine animals. Recommended text: The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert, ISBN-13: 978-1250062185.
Richard Reynolds (email@example.com) received his doctorate in physical oceanography from the University of Hawaii in 1975. He worked for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for 29 years. He has published scientific papers and has given many national and international presentations.