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The aim of the Modern Observational Oceanography course is to provide students with a comprehensive introduction to, and practical experience in the field of observational oceanography. This multidisciplinary course will provide students with introductor
Location:
Hamilton, Bermuda
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
Undergraduate
Term:
Summer

Program Overview

Program Description:
Students will participate in a 5-day research cruise aboard the BIOS research vessel Atlantic Explorer, and learn practical skills by taking part in the research activities associated with a Bermuda Atlantic Time-series Study (BATS) cruise. Further work onshore will consist of an introduction to the use of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV), known as gliders, which enable scientists to conduct in situ measurements of the ocean over extended time periods and spatial ranges. The course will culminate in an introduction to marine atmospheric observational methods, essential for a better understanding of ocean-atmosphere processes.

The aim of the Modern Observational Oceanography course is to provide students with a comprehensive introduction to, and practical experience in the field of observational oceanography. This multidisciplinary course will provide students with introductory lectures and laboratory training in state of the art theory and research methods. Topics covered include carbon biogeochemistry, nutrient, dissolved oxygen and salinity determinations, plankton sampling, and physical oceanographic measurements.

Graduate and undergraduate students at BIOS can participate in a variety of summer and fall semester courses, gain valuable laboratory and field experience as interns, and work on collaborative research projects alongside BIOS faculty. Bermuda is uniquely situated to serve as a base for research on a variety of coastal and deep water issues, and is home to some of the world’s most northern coral reefs, allowing unique research and educational opportunities.
Setting Description:
Founded in 1903, the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS) is a world-class ocean science research and education facility. At BIOS, we believe that ocean science for human good involves not only research with tangible benefits for communities and the environment, but also education programs that highlight the many ways our lives are connected with the ocean. We view education as a crucial part of ocean science research, helping to translate the work of our faculty into meaningful experiences for visitors, students, teachers, and Bermuda residents.
Cost:
$4,900 (tuition, room and board). Students can apply to BIOS for scholarships to assist with the course fee.

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