March 2016 – Introduction to Oceanography Course

Andrew & Jenny are determined to make sure that their little grey brain cells keep active so attended a weekend course (5/6 March) at the University of East Anglia.  The course was quite intense and covered a large number of subjects with lecturers from the University of East Anglia, the Centre for Environment, Fisheries & Aquaculture Science (CEFAS), the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) and the University of Hull.

Day 1:

  • Lectures on –
    • Development of oceanography & marine technology
    • Physical, chemical and biological oceanography
    • Citizen science and the marine environment
  • Practical demonstrations on –
    • Underwater gliders
    • Measuring currents & stuff in the sea
    • Phytoplankton

Day 2:

  • Lectures on –
    • Marine biology
    • Polar oceanography
    • Effects of increasing temperature and carbon dioxide
    • Marine conservation
  • Practical demonstrations on –
    • Bacteria
    • Ocean acidification and circulation
    • Fish tagging
    • Zooplankton ecology

Thankfully plenty of tea, coffee and biscuits were provided and an excellent buffet lunch to keep our energy up.

We really enjoyed the course, certainly learnt a lot and came away with plenty to think about!  

We were awarded a Certificate of Attendance at the end of the course and are getting a BSAC certification card for the course, in recognition of special interest training!

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