Course level





Mathematics & Physics School, Earth and Environment Sc Schl




One Semester

Class contact

2 Lecture hours, 2 Practical or Laboratory hours


GEOS2100 or MARS2014 or equivalent; STAT1201 or equivalent


Maximum enrolment quota of 30 students.

Assessment methods

Laboratory Report, Field Report, Examination

Course coordinator

A/Prof Ron Johnstone (

Study Abroad

This course is pre-approved for Study Abroad and Exchange students.

Current course offerings

Course offerings Location Mode Course Profile
Semester 2, 2018 St Lucia Internal Profile unavailable

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Course description

This course will provide students with a clear understanding of the physical and biological processes in the ocean, and the influence of physical dynamics on biology - from open ocean to coral reefs, from phytoplankton to fisheries. Our changing climate is affecting the circulation and properties of our oceans, and the biology is responding. In order to understand the effects of climate change, we first need to understand how the ocean works. This course will challenge students with understanding the functioning of our oceans, and how the patterns and distribution of life in the ocean are controlled by the physical oceanography. The course consists of integrated lectures on physical-biological oceanography and climate change effects to provide the interdisciplinary foundation increasingly required in the contemporary environmental sciences. It covers the influence of the oceans on human activities and the influence of human activities on the characteristics of the oceans. Practicals will focus on learning to acquire and work with satellite oceanography data and measurements collected by autonomous oceanographic platforms.

MARS3012 has restricted enrolments due to the number of places available in the lab classes.

Archived offerings

Course offerings Location Mode Course Profile
Semester 1, 2016 St Lucia Internal Course Profile
Semester 1, 2014 St Lucia Internal Course Profile
Semester 1, 2013 St Lucia Internal Course Profile
Semester 1, 2012 St Lucia Internal Course Profile