Welcome to STPA 35, Society and the Sea, Fall 2002

Classes are 8-9:20 on Tuesdays and Thursdays in Center Lecture Hall 222.

The course outline is given here.

Please write a clear, scientific report of your term project. Try not to exceed about 10 pages. If you can write a shorter report that gets across your findings this is fine. A Hypertext Writing Guide given by M. Plonsky, PhD, of the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point may be helpful. The written report is due either December 3 or December 5, depending on when you present your oral report. Your notebook is due at the same time (just before you give your talk).

The newly appointed TA/Reader for the class is David Murfin (dmurfin@ucsd.edu). He has scheduled office hours 11-12 noon Monday and 8-9am Wednesday in EBUII room 105. See him there or email him for any questions you may have about the homework, exams, and your term project. Please contact Dave if you want to change the title of your project or discuss its content.

Some oceanographic websites:

Scripps Institution of Oceanography- SIO.

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute.

The School of Oceanography Hawaii.

Ocean Planet Home Page

Discovery International-links



Fundamentals of oceanography website , links

Schedule for the quarter:

1. The origins of oceanography, Earth and its ocean, Appendices (Conversion factors, Useful data about Earth and its ocean, Presenting data, Careers in oceanography, Classification of marine organisms, People in oceanography, Geological time scale, Glossary). Lectures Week 1.

Captain Cook was a key figure in pioneering methods of navigation and survival for long sea voyages.

2. Lectures Week 2 cover plate tektonics and seawater properties.

3. Lectures Week 3 cover ocean sediments and the earth's atmosphere.

4. Lectures Week 4. Exam 1 is Tuesday 22 October 2002.

5. Lectures Week 5. Ocean currents and ocean waves this week.

6. Lectures Week 6. (plus review questions Exam 2) Physics Colloquium on Climate in the 21st century by Prof. Richard Somerville of SIO, Thursday, Nov. 7, 4pm, 109 CENTER HALL.


7. Lectures Week 7. Exam 2 Tuesday (bring notebooks, scantron form, #2 pencil, 1 page abstract of your term project).

8. Lectures Week 8. Chapters 13 and 14.

9. Lectures Week 9. Prof. Richard Somerville of SIO will give guest lecture "Climate in the 21st Century", Tuesday, November 26, 2002. Don't miss it! Thanksgiving Holiday (Thursday, Nov. 28).

10. Oral presentations of term projects all this week. Lectures Week 10.

11. Final Exam Tuesday December 10, 8-11.

Please bring one or two green scantron forms and a #2 pencil. The entire course will be covered, but emphasis will be on the Chapters not previously tested (13-15) plus guest and student presentations. Expect up to 100 questions.

Have a look at the Final Exam from STPA 35 in Fall 2001.


Exam 1

Exam 2