409 Marine Pollution

Marine Pollution explores anthropogenic impacts on the oceans and marine organisms. Marine pollution occurs when harmful effects result from the entry into the ocean of chemicals, particles, industrial or residential waste, noise, or the spread of invasive organisms. In this course students examine how scientific understanding of marine pollution informs environmental management, thereby linking science and society. Students will develop a detailed understanding of five major categories of anthropogenic impacts on marine systems. Each theme will be explored from a variety of angles including pollution source(s), mechanisms of action, deleterious effects and mitigation thereof, management of the issue, and some likely futures for the issue/theme.

Prerequisites: OCEAN 101, 102, 200 or 250