12.742 Marine Chemistry

Fall 2006

Animation of heated water spewing from a hydrothermal vent.
Heated, mineral rich water spews from a hydrothermal vent on the ocean floor. (Image courtesy of NOAA PMEL Vents Program.)

Course Description

This course is an introduction to chemical oceanography. It describes reservoir models and residence time, major ion composition of seawater, inputs to and outputs from the ocean via rivers, the atmosphere, and the sea floor. Biogeochemical cycling within the oceanic water column and sediments, emphasizing the roles played by the formation, transport, and alteration of oceanic particles and the effects that these processes have on seawater composition. Cycles of carbon, nitrogen, phosphorus, oxygen, and sulfur. Uptake of anthropogenic carbon dioxide by the ocean. Material presented through lectures and student-led presentation and discussion of recent papers.

Special Features

Technical Requirements

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Dr. Scott Doney
Dr. Karen Casciotti
Dr. William Martin
Dr. Meg Tivey
Dr. Dierdre Toole 

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
2 hours / session

One session / week
1 hour / session