Approximately 2.5 billion people live within 100 km of a coastline. Many of these communities depend on the sea for their subsistence or income: as a food source, for transport, the generation of energy, the cleanup of waste, tourism, and a variety of other goods and services. Despite this, large parts of the oceans have never been seen by the human eye. We probably know more about the surface of the moon than about the bottom of the ocean.
This course aims to develop a basic understanding of the ecological processes that take place in the seas and at the boundaries of sea and land, to give an overview of the various marine systems like estuaries, rocky shores and coral reefs, and to assess the impacts of human activities on these systems.
The main knowledge is treated in a textbook, a short online Open University course, and a series of lectures and classroom exercises. A substantial part of the course will also be spend on a series of guest lectures from NIOZ- scientists, lab visits, excursions, and some field work, indicated to provide the students with current and socially relevant examples of research that is taking place in this field. Finally, the students will demonstrate their mastering of the topic in an essay.
- Teacher: Inez Flameling