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Marine and Antarctic Science
In Marine and Antarctic Ecosystems you will be introduced to coastal and open ocean ecosystems from the tropics to the poles, covering water-column and benthic communities including reefs and the deep sea. This study helps to learn • How life has evolved in the sea • How marine food webs are structured • How some particularly interesting ecosystems function such as kelp forests, the Antarctic ocean, and the deep sea • What oceanographers do and some of the technologies they use • What drives plant growth and thus ecosystem productivity in the oceans • The role of the ocean in shaping and regulating our climate • How plate tectonics shape the ocean basins and influence current patterns • Consequences of climate change for ocean processes and marine biota • How fishing and other human pressures affect ocean systems • How seafood is likely to be an important food source in the future • How we monitor and manage marine ecosystems