MAST 687 Coastal Oceanography: From Physics to Fish
last updated 01/31/2001
MAST-667 is a second semester physical oceanography class that extends
and applies the physical principles learnt in
"Introduction to Physical Oceanography" (MAST-602) to the coastal ocean.
MAST-602 constitutes the only pre-requisite for successful completion of MAST-667.
The course is designed specifically for graduate
students that pursue a more biologically oriented course of study.
- The course will address selected topics of physical oceanography that
impact biological productivity. The goal is to convey
- academic knowledge (lectures in the mornings),
- technical skills (workshops in the afternoons), and
- ability to combine knowledge and skills to critically interpret data (projects).
- This is an experimental class.
It emphasizes novel computer-based technical
over more traditional calculus-based problem solving skills.
- The course covers a nitch
at the intersection of physics, biology, and information technology.
The course structure resembles a 2x2 matrix, that is
- Morning sessions will emphasize Knowledge conveyed in a lecture format.
- Afternoon sessions will emphasize Skill conveyed in a workshop format.
- Theory will be the focus prior to spring break.
- Applications will be the focus after spring break.
- The course shall help non-physical students to succeed in both academic
and technical careers in an
increasingly information-based society.
- Students shall physically understand how and why
oscillations in sea level and currents impact biological systems.
- buoyancy-driven, and
- Students shall learn how to use computers to
- aquire physical data form the web,
- manipulate data using UNIX or DOS based shell-scripting,
- graphically present data and analysis products
using Generic Mapping Tools, and
- publish data, graphics, and interpretations on the web.
- Students shall apply knowledge, skill, and intuition to critically interpret
ambigeous data and questionable scientific claims as found in
public perceptions and interdisciplinary reports, manuscripts, and proposals.