Marine Systems

University of Cape Town

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Marine Systems

  • Host University

    University of Cape Town

  • Location

    Cape Town, South Africa

  • Area of Study

    Environmental Science

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    BIO1004S or GEO1009F, SEA2004F (Or home university equivalent)

  • Course Level Recommendations


    ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.

    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Building on the principles of oceanography, this advanced course will cover the main ocean and atmosphere systems. These include the physical forcing and response of
    upwelling ecosystems (coastal and equatorial upwelling and upwelling domes), coastal systems (waves and beaches), shelf circulation, western boundary systems,
    Southern Ocean and polar systems, and oligotrophic systems. Emphasis will be on treating the systems as a whole. The course comprises six 2-week modules, which
    cover the above topics. Oceanographic field visits and methods of data sampling and analysis will be covered in the tutorials and practicals.

Course Disclaimer

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.


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