Assignments: Intro to Oceanography 2010

OCEA& 101A

Lecture Info and assignments


Field_Trips   NOTE, please see pre-field trip reading and web browsing assignments!!!

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Final exam will be Monday December 6  11:00 a.m. to12:50 p.m.  The final will include chapters 9 on tides (mainly sections 9.1 and 9.2, 10 (coasts) and 16 and anything else we cover including all videos, etc.  


Note: It is assumed that review questions will be due for all chapters we cover. Also due, a review of each video shown in class within two days of the time the video is shown. Please put your name, the class, date, and assignment or video name at the top right corner of the assignment sheet. Thank you. Each student is graned up to two missed assignments (these will be ignored).

Chapter 1 review questions,              Due Monday of the second week

Chapter 2 review questions 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 14, and 15.              Due Monday of the second week

September 30th lab assignment: prepare for Monday's review session and spend at least one hour exploring Interactive Oceans (the Neptune Project)

TEST 1: on chapters 1 and 2: Tuesday October 5.  Overview and review day, Oct. 1.

Chapter 3 review questions:              Due Wednesday of third week.

Chapter 4 review questions:              Due Monday of the fourth week.

Test 2: on chapters 3 and 4 and 5 will be Wed. Oct. 31st; review session on Tuesday Oct. 30th

Chapter 5 questions:                         Due Thursday of the 6th week.

Chapter 6 questions:                         Due Wednesday Nov. 3rd.

Test 3 on chapters 6 and 7 will probably be in mid November For Chapter 7, do not worry about knowing all the different currents by name. The important thing is to know and understand what causes surface currents and within what part of the ocean they operate--and also to know there are boundary currents adjacent to them. 

Assignments for Thanksgiving break: Skim Chapters 8 and 9. Note ocean currents, gyres, boundary currents, El Nino, PDO, etc., and thermohaline circulation—the conveyor belt circulation of the ocean. All of these will be important to know as we put Chapter 16 under the microscope. Do the questions for Chapter 16.  



Week 7 lab:

        Watch NOVA "Lost at Sea" about longitude and navigation     NOVA Lost at Sea official site with resource links   watch the film then write a report on it.




Planned Field trip October 27th and related assignments

        This is a mandatory field trip, and counts for several labs. We will be going to several shoreline sites in southern Puget Sound.

        We will be going to the Nisqually Reach Nature Center at Luhr Beach. This is quite a dramatic location adjacent to the Nisqually Reach of Puget Sound and west of the Nisqually River Delta. After leaving the nature center we will to the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge to look at the exhibits and take a hike to see the area they are restoring.

Please examine the following flyers regarding the restoration—you can probably use some of the information therein to help your write up of the field trip (thanks to Kelley Turner from USGS for these):

First off, see the Nisqually delta monitoring page, where you will find a number of valuable resources including graphics and  LiDAR maps; also, check out this Nisqually restoration brochure, and  

This initial monitoring proposal lays out the purpose and plans for monitoring:
Another great place to research is the Washington DNR Nearshore Habitat Program. Please explore here including the shorezone inventory links at the bottom of the page. There is some good work going on to understand these areas. In particular see the "key findings" link for an overview.


Updated October 27, 2012

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