Distribution and cycling of elements in the marine system with emphasis on geochemical and biochemical interactions. (3 credits)
This is a graduate level survey of the field of chemical oceanography. It is part of the core curriculum for the SMS graduate programs in oceanography, and also provides a foundation in marine chemistry concepts for students in other marine, earth, and climate science programs. Core topics include the application of thermodynamic equilibrium concepts to the marine environment; cycling of major, bioactive, gases and trace elements in the ocean; and a general introduction to tracers and modeling techniques. Quantitative problem solving and synthesis of the primary literature are also emphasized.