The Ocean's Role in Climate

Pusan National University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    The Ocean's Role in Climate

  • Host University

    Pusan National University

  • Location

    Busan, South Korea

  • Area of Study

    Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Environmental Sustainability

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

    3 - 3
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    0 - 0
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    0 - 0
  • Overview

    Course Description
    Busan is a harbor city surrounded by the seas. It is an excellent location to experience that global oceans play a fundamental role in life on our planet. This course introduces the students to the mechanisms by which the global oceans impact our climate and ecosystems. Past disruptions of the ocean circulation have caused substantial and wide-spread changes in the atmosphere, shifts in continental-scale rainfall patterns and changes even in atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations, which control our global climate. To understand these linkages between ocean, atmosphere and the global carbon cycle, this course will explore the fundamental drivers of ocean flow, heat and saltwater transport. We will also introduce important climatic phenomena such as the El Niño-Southern Oscillation and its impact on our weather, societies and global economies. Our class will give an up-to-date view on the future threats to our oceans, such as Global Warming, ocean acidification, and anoxia. The course will be taught by four scientists from the IBS Center for Climate Physics in a seminar-style format to encourage student participation. From the third week on, students will be engaged in a hands-on science lab project that explores the interaction between ocean temperatures and the global water cycle.