Biological oceanography and ocean productivity

Semester 1

Semester 2

Semester 3

Semester 4

ECTS
6

MANAGEMENT
CONSERVATION
FUTURE SEAS

Operational marine science
University of Bergen

Synopsis

An introduction to biological oceanography, the basis for marine productivity, and presentation of selected marine ecosystems and models. The course builds on theory, with hands-on practical exercises working with ocean models. Lectures and hands-on practical exercises are combined to help understand how physical processes and structure influence the biological interactions and distribution of marine organisms. Further topics include biological production - ocean versus land, the importance of microbial life in marine primary production, and marine productivity patterns and modelling.

Pre-requisites

Bachelors in Biology

Objectives

On completion of BIO325 students shall have achieved the following learning outcomes:
- Understand and be able to use modelling tools to study the driving forces of marine productivity
- Understand how physical processes and structure influence the biological interactions and distribution of marine organisms
- Be able to communicate scientific results from field studies
- Have knowledge of the basic effects of fisheries and harvesting/exploitation of marine biological resources
- Understand and consider the uncertainties in marine data collection and modelling and what that means for management advice

Assessment

practical reports (modelling experiments), multiple choice exam

Involved teachers

Dag Aksnes Dag.Aksnes@uib.no

Contact hours

lectures
16

practicals

seminars
4

computerclass
12

fieldwork

other