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WHOI-MIT Joint Program graduate courses

12.758 Classical Papers in Physical Oceanography

The objective of this course is to create a forum for the reading, discussion and understanding of some of the fundamental papers in physical oceanography.

Spring 2015

12.757 Climate Change Science: Facts, Questions, Controversies and Communication

Climate Change is one of the greatest challenges facing today’s earth scientists (including oceanographers) and one that we believe all earth scientists should be familiar with. This course is designed to provide you with a basic knowledge of the ‘big questions’ behind today’s climate change science and with the tools to discourse about climate change with diverse groups. This year the course will focus on the newly released IPCC Report for the Physical Science Basis - covering most of the major themes.

Spring 2014 (co-teaching with Fiamma Straneo and Sarah Das)


12.808 Introduction to Observational Physical Oceanography

This course is an introduction to the results and the methods of observational physical oceanography, a very rapidly developing field. Rapid development is a response to the pressing societal need to understand how the physical state of the oceans might be changing as part of a changing Earth climate --- Are the oceans warming? Is the ocean circulation slowing? Rapid development on these and other questions is made possible by new technology, e.g., satellite measurement systems and autonomous floats and gliders that enable more efficient and more comprehensive observation of the ocean.

Fall 2010 (co-teaching with Fiamma Straneo)


Fall 2011 (co-teaching with Steve Jayne)


Fall 2012 (co-teaching with Anthony Kirincich)



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