Essentials of Oceanography

Credit: E. Rubio (c) Penn State University, is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

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The year is 2050 and your once-idyllic beachfront vacation home is now flooded up to the second story. The crab your family has enjoyed every Christmas for as long as you can remember has now become an endangered species. The oceans have changed. In EARTH 540, Oceanography for Educators, we explore the mechanisms that lead to sea level rise and ocean acidification. We strive to understand how natural processes such as ocean currents, the gulf-stream, tides, plate tectonics, and the Coriolis Effect, affect our oceans and ocean basins. We then predict how man-made issues such as climate change and overfishing will affect our beloved waters and our livelihoods. This course is no longer being offered for credit and has not been updated since 2019.

This resource is part of the following program: Master of Education in Earth Sciences.

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Mike Arthur

I'm Mike Arthur of the Department of Geosciences at Penn State's University Park campus, and my background is in marine geology. My research is focused on paleooceanography, which is to say the geologic history of the oceans including geochemistry, stable isotopes, and patterns of past global change. I grew up in Southern California (San Bernardino, of "Route 66" fame) where I did develop a love for the sea (as a way to get out of the hot, dry desert) that began with board surfing at SoCal beaches and has led to traversing the high seas on various oceanographic research expeditions and as part of the Ocean Drilling Program.

Chris Marone

I'm Dr. Chris Marone, a professor in the Department of Geosciences at Penn StateOs University Park campus, and my background is in geophysics. My research focuses on friction, earthquakes, and brittle deformation of Earth's crust. Fluids play an important role in these systems and in my research. I'm a lucky man and have a lot to smile about with five children. I enjoy homebrewing with my wife and espresso whenever I have a chance for a quick coffee. I was born in Batavia, New York and, since then, I have lived in Vermont; Binghamton, NY; New York City; Melbourne, Australia; Berkeley, CA; Boston; State College, PA; and Rome.

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