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SO221

INTRODUCTION TO OCEANOGRAPHY

TBD

(Fall and Spring)

3-0-3

A descriptive course designed to provide an overview of significant oceanographic factors and their impact on engineering applications.  Non-SOC/SOCH majors only.

SO242

TORNADOES AND SEVERE CONVECTIVE STORMS

LCDR Burich

(Spring)

3-0-3

A survey of large-scale midlatitude meteorology with an emphasis on the processes that promote the development of severe thunderstorms and tornadoes. Methods for diagnosing thermodynamic instability and vertical wind shear are presented and applied to anticipate storm morphology. Emphasis is placed on the study of supercell thunderstorms and mesocyclonic tornadogenesis. Additional topics include Doppler radar fundamentals, precipitation/hail growth, cloud electrification, and products to diagnose and predict storm evolution. Comfort applying vector calculus and physics concepts is recommended. Enrolled students may be eligible for an internship opportunity to study and observe severe convective storms on the U.S. Great Plains during May. COUNTS AS FREE ELECTIVE ONLY FOR SOC/H MAJORS

SO251

DESCRIPTIVE PHYSICAL OCEANOGRAPHY

CDR Gallaher

(Fall and Spring)

3-2-4

This course serves as an introduction to Physical Oceanography. Topics include: Introduction to Geology, Plate Tectonics, Ocean Basins, Sediments and Stratigraphy, Geodesy and Ocean Bathymetry, Properties of Seawater, Ocean Structure, Ocean Heat Balance, Conservation Equations, Equations of Motion, Geostrophic Balance and Flows, Major Ocean Currents, Density Driven Flows, Waves and Tides, Coastal Ocean, and Ocean Optics and Acoustics. This

4-credit course has a laboratory component that provides a general introduction to field methods for collecting data related to Physical Oceanography and data analysis using statistical and graphical software programs.

SO254

INTRODUCTION TO METEOROLOGY

LCDR Burich
Prof. Henderson
CDR Carmody

(Fall and Spring)

2-2-3

This course serves as an introduction to Meteorology.  Topics include: Meteorological state variables, the equation of state for air, radiative balance, climate change and climate variability, atmospheric water vapor, cloud formation processes, and cloud microphysics, forces involved in atmospheric motion, geostrophic flow, atmospheric stability, surface and upper analyses and thermodynamic charts. This three credit course includes a laboratory component that involves the analysis and visualization of meteorological datasets with Matlab. SO251

SO262

PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY

Prof. Guth

(Fall and Spring)

3-0-3

The physical environment influences natural resources, human culture, national security, and military operations. This course examines the basic scientific principles of physical geography and how location on earth influences climate, landforms, soils, and natural vegetation.  We will study the processes at work, the features created and their spatial distributions.  We will use satellite imagery and geographical information systems to look at case studies around the world and examine the wide range of natural environments. COUNTS AS FREE ELECTIVE

SO264

STATISTICS FOR OCEAN AND ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCES

CDR Gallaher
CDR Turek
Prof. Steppe

(Spring)

3-0-3

This course provides an introduction to the application of statistical methods to geophysical data. Topics include:  basic probability and combinations, probability distributions, Bayesian inference, hypothesis testing, confidence intervals, linear regression, and time series analysis. SO251

SO335

OCEANOGRAPHIC & METEOROLOGICAL QUANTITATIVE METHOD

CAPT Sanabia

(Fall)

2-2-3

Oceanographic and Meteorological Quantitative Methods. A course to expose students to products and datasets that are available in oceanography and meteorology and techniques for manipulating the data to arrive at a better quantitative understanding of the oceans and atmosphere. SM212, SO251 (can take concurrently)

SO345

ATMOSPHERIC THERMODYNAMICS

Prof. Henderson
LCDR Burich

(Fall)

2-2-3

A study of the thermodynamic and kinematic properties of the atmosphere, including the effects of temperature, moisture and wind processes, introduces the forces responsible for atmospheric motions. This course uses thermodynamic diagrams for analyzing vertical profiles of atmospheric variables, as well as conventional and remotely-sensed data to analyze horizontal distributions of meteorological fields. SO251, SO254

SO351

BIOGEOCHEMICAL OCEANOGRAPHY

Prof. Smith
CDR Turek

(Fall)

3-2-4

An introduction to geological, chemical, and biological processes in the oceans. This course builds upon the fundamentals of physical oceanography provided in SO251 by adding the close interactions among geological, chemical and biological processes to the physical setting of the water column.  Topics range from hydrothermal circulation, sediment diagnosis, nutrient cycling, ocean alkalinity, biological production, food webs, taxonomy, and ecology.  Real-world applications are emphasized.  This 4-credit course has a laboratory component that reinforces field data collection and analysis techniques presented in SO251 and SO264. SO251, SO264

SO414

OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC PROCESSES

CAPT Sanabia
Prof. Muller

(Spring)

3-2-4

Fundamental equations of motion governing the dynamics of quasi-horizontal, inviscid and viscous fluid flow on the rotating earth are developed. Scale analyses of the basic hydrodynamic equations are used to identify forces responsible for motions of interest. Basic numerical modeling techniques for both oceanic and atmospheric processes are introduced. Laboratory exercises will utilize the MATLAB software package to solve hands-on problems pertaining to fluid flow. Prereq: SO345 AND SO335

SO416

WAVES AND TIDES

Prof. Muller
CAPT Sanabia

(Fall and Spring)

2-2-3

Equations governing the dynamics of surface and internal waves, including tsunamis, seiches, internal tides, and tidal bores, are derived and practically applied. Wave theory is compared to wave tank observations. Wave statistics and energy spectra are used to forecast sea and swell. Tide generating and tractive forces are mathematically analyzed, and methods of tidal prediction are reviewed and exercised. Prereq: SO414

SO422

NEARSHORE OCEANOGRAPHY

Prof. Muller

(Fall)

2-2-3

Examines the oceanographic regime from the continental shelf break to the intertidal zone and coastal dunes. Concentrates on shallow water wave, surf and beach processes. Includes a discussion of coastal management and engineering procedures. SO251

SO426

POLAR OCEANOGRAPHY

CDR Gallaher

(Spring)

2-2-3

A descriptive course which covers the history of polar exploration as well as the physical oceanography and meteorology of the polar regions with particular emphasis on the role of sea ice in global warming studies. Current DoD polar programs will be reviewed including the following: Deep Freeze, International Ice Patrol and Navy operations such as ICEX and TEAMWORK. Prereq: SO251

SO427

INTRODUCTION TO ESTUARINE OCEANOGRAPHY

Prof. Smith
Prof. Muller

(Spring)

2-2-3

The physical, geological and biological aspects of the estuarine environment are studied. Laboratory sessions, which include YP cruises and field trips, focus on practical and hands-on applications. Environmental issues such as water quality and pollution are discussed. The use of numerical models as a tool is explored. SO251

SO431

ENVIRONMENT REMOTE SENSING

Prof. Guth

(Spring)

2-2-3

An overview is given of the various platforms and sensors currently in use and planned. The electromagnetic spectrum and radiation laws are explained. Applications exercises give "hands-on" experience with image processing systems.

SO432

GEOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION SYSTEMS

Prof. Guth

(Spring)

2-2-3

Geographical Information Systems (GIS) use computers to manipulate geographic data, combining maps and data bases. This course examines the basics of map projection and datums, raster and vector data bases, and the design, manipulation, and analysis of geographic data. We will discuss the use of remote sensing to collect data and provide background maps, and the use of digital elevation models to provide a framework for 3D display. Prereq: SO221 OR SO251

SO441

SYNOPTIC METEOROLOGY

LCDR Burich

(Spring)

2-2-3

A practical course in meteorological analysis and forecasting as applied to operational planning. A variety of meteorological datastreams available in the computerized Meteorology Laboratory are used to analyze and predict the current and future state of the atmosphere. Prereq: SO254

SO442

TROPICAL METEOROLOGY

LCDR Burich
CAPT Sanabia

(Fall)

2-2-3

A study of the special processes affecting meteorological analysis and forecasting in the tropics, including satellite imagery analysis, with particular emphasis on hurricane or typhoon prediction, creation, movement and decay. SO254, SO335 (can take concurrently)

SO445

GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE

Prof. Henderson
Prof. Smith

(Spring)

2-2-3

This course will review the science of climate and the natural factors that influence global climate on different spatial and temporal scales. It will also discuss how human activities may impact local, regional, and global climate. Global climate data, past and present, will be examined from geologic and modern records including satellite data, land/sea observations, ice cores, etc. Related climate topics, such as the Ozone Hole, Greenhouse Effect, and El Nino will also be reviewed. Prereq: SO254

SO451

BIOLOGICAL OCEANOGRAPHY

Prof. Steppe

(Fall)

2-2-3

A study of patterns and concepts of biological production in the ocean. Emphasis is on the integration of the biological and physical environment. Laboratory includes student planned studies and conceptual exercises. All aspects of the course emphasize the use of various knowledge areas to solve a problem. Prereq: SO251, SO264, AND SO351

SO461

GEOLOGICAL OCEANOGRAPHY

Prof. Guth

(Fall)

2-2-3

Introduces marine geological/geophysical instrumentation, theory, data collection, analysis, interpretation and applications. Geomorphology, structure, petrology, sedimentation, stratigraphy, origin and development of ocean basins and margins are examined in light of theory of plate tectonics. Practical studies of the Chesapeake Bay are part of the laboratory work. SO251

SO470X

CAPSTONE SEMINAR

Prof. Smith
CDR Gallaher

(Spring)

3-0-3

A course for SOC majors to provide guidance on the construction of the capstone paper and the oral presentation of the capstone paper.  The course will include background readings and corresponding discussions, and instruction on scientific writing and presentation.  The course culminates in the production of the capstone paper and the oral presentation the capstone paper. Open to 1/C Oceanography majors

SO485

ENERGY ANALYSIS, POLICY, & SECURITY

Prof. Smith

(Fall)

3-0-3

Course will cover topics such as: energy science, energy resource distribution/supply, energy technology, energy/environmental impacts, energy policy/strategy (DoD, U.S., International), energy markets, & energy infrastructure. Prereq: SO351 OR instructor permission

SO503

HONORS RESEARCH METHODS

Prof. Guth
Prof. Steppe

(Spring)

2-2-3

Honors Research Methods in Oceanography and Meteorology. Statistical methods and techniques applied to research topics, oceanographic and laboratory instrumentation, remote sensing and mathematical modeling. Discussion of current research topics. Prepares students to undertake independent research in oceanography or meteorology. Prereq: 2/C Honors Oceanography Major

SO505

HONORS INDEPENDENT RESEARCH

Multiple Professors

(Fall)

0-6-3

Independent research in oceanography or meteorology on a subject of the student's choice, culminating in a written report and presentation to the faculty. Prereq: SO503 AND SOCH major

SO506

HONORS INDEPENDENT RESEARCH

Multiple Professors

(Spring)

0-6-3

Independent research in oceanography or meteorology on a subject of the student's choice, culminating in a written report and presentation to the faculty. Prereq: SO503 AND SOCH major

SO513

HONORS OCEANIC & ATMOSPHERIC PROCESSES

CAPT Sanabia
Prof. Muller

(Spring)

3-2-4

Course is an advanced version of SO414 for honors students. Prereq: SO345H

SO516

HONORS WAVES AND TIDES

 

TBD

(Fall)

2-2-3

Course is an advanced version of SO416 for honor students. Prereq: SO513 AND SOCH major

SP411

UNDERWATER ACOUSTICS/SONAR

TBD

(Fall and Spring)

3-0-3

A fundamental study of sound propagation in the ocean environment as it relates to the design and operation of sonar. Topics include wave mechanics, detection theory, Fourier analysis, ray tracing, waveguides, and scattering. SP212 OR SP226
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