Large Scale Ocean Processes

Credits:

  • 6 ECTS

Topics:

  • Fundamental principles of the physics of the ocean.
  • Relevant physical properties of the ocean and their spatial and temporal variability.
  • Energy exchanges within the ocean and between the ocean and the adjacent subsystems.
  • Features of the large-scale movements of the ocean and their relation with the forcing factors.
  • Effect of Earth’s rotation in the motion of the ocean.
  • Different types of oceanic circulation and their governing physical frame.

Teachers:

  • Paulo Relvas

Geology and Geophysics of Ocean Basins

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Credits:

  • 6 ECTS

Topics:

  • Types of margins and their geographical distribution.
  • Geologic and geophysical description of margins, their internal composition and thermal structures.
  • Seismic reflection and refraction data interpretation.
  • Internal geodynamic processes on margins.
  • Evolution of subduction zones.
  • Geomechanical models of margins.

Teachers:

  • Maria Conceição Neves

Marine Morphodynamics

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Credits:

  • 6 ECTS

Topics:

  • Sediment transport and sedimentary budgets on continental margins and coastal areas.
  • Coastal morphodynamic proxys and drivers.
  • Evolution of coastal areas in various geographical and temporal scales.
  • Climate change and mean sea level changes as drivers of coastal evolution.
  • Cartographic analysis as a tool to quantify coastal processes.

Teachers

  • Delminda Moura
  • Duarte Duarte

Marine Trophic Dynamics

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Credits:

  • 6 ECTS

Topics:

  • Marine ecology and dynamics of aquatic ecosystems.
  • Functioning and importance of food webs in different marine ecosystems.
  • Carbon flux modelling in aquatic food webs.
  • Structure and function of the planktonic and detrital microbial food web.
  • Role of the microbial food web in the organic matter cycle as a dynamic sink in the oceans and in the self-purification process in marine waters.
  • Feedback mechanisms between microbial processes and ocean acidification as well as global warming.
  • Primary production, secondary production, microbial respiration, grazing, and carbon demand.

Teachers:

  • Helena Galvão
  • Sofia Gamito
  • Karim Erzini

Anthropic Disturbances of Marine Systems

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Credits:

  • 3 ECTS

Topics:

  • Marine ecotoxicology: pollutants on individuals, populations and ecosystems.
  • Classification of pollutants: priority pollutants, traditional and emerging pollutants.
  • Models of accumulation and biodegradation of traditional and emerging pollutants in the marine environment.
  • Evaluate and combat the threats of pollution in the marine environment.
  • Interactions that affect mankind, empowered by the presence of contaminants and existing opportunities to combat contamination.

Teachers:

  • Maria João Bebianno

Option I – Oceanographic Research Cruise

Credits:

  • 3 ECTS

Topics:

  • Planning and implementation of an oceanographic campaign.
  • Sea work.
  • Laboratory analysis.
  • Data analysis.

            Teachers:

  • MaCS Commission members