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Marine Geography

Code: 52343
ECTS: 3.0
Lecturers in charge: prof. dr. sc. Danijel Orešić - Lectures
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English level:


All teaching activities will be held in Croatian. However, foreign students in mixed groups will have the opportunity to attend additional office hours with the lecturer and teaching assistants in English to help master the course materials. Additionally, the lecturer will refer foreign students to the corresponding literature in English, as well as give them the possibility of taking the associated exams in English.

1. komponenta

Lecture typeTotal
Lectures 45
* Load is given in academic hour (1 academic hour = 45 minutes)
Course objectives:
Acquiring fundamental knowledge about world ocean and its geographic significance. In physical geography emphasis is on main oceanographic properties and their influence in global and regional geography. In human geography the goal is to understand its significance in historic geography as well as in modern world transportation, economics and geopolitics

Learning outcomes expected at the level of the course:
Knowing the geographic distribution of oceans and seas.
Understanding ocean properties and their geoecologic role.
Understanding eustatic and regional sea level changes.
Knowing surface and deep-sea ocean current systems.
Understanding geographic influences of sea currents.
Understanding the genesis and influences of sea waves and tides.
Understanding primary organic production in world ocean.
Knowing maritime political and economic regimes; elements of international maritime law.
Skills in using charts.
Ability to discuss oceans historic geography role and modern socioeconomic role.
Ability to discuss the need of ocean conservation.
Conducting literature research in the field of marine geography.

Course content
1 Marine geography and marine sciences.
2 Geographic distribution of oceans and seas. Sea level changes.
3 Geomorphology of ocean basins.
4 Chemical composition of sea water, geographic and internal distribution of salinity.
5 Geographic and internal distribution of sea water temperature. Relation between temperature, salinity and density
of the sea water. Sea ice.
6 Atmosphere-ocean interactions. Horizontal oceanic circulations.
7 Vertical oceanic circulation.
9 Waves.
10 Tides.
11 Matter and energy ocean circulation. Marine organisms' distribution. Primary organic production in oceans.
12 Physical geography properties of coasts, types of coasts, estuaries nod deltas.
13 Oceans and seas in socioeconomic development. Fishing and mariculture. Off-shore ore extraction. Energy from the ocean.
14 Oceans in world trading. Litoralization.
15 Elements of international maritime law.
  1. Riđanović, J. 1993.: Hidrogeografija. II. izdanje. Školska knjiga, Zagreb, 215 str.
  2. Thurman, H. V. i Burton, E. A. 2001.: Introductory oceanography. 9th edition. Prentice Hall, New Jersey, 554 str.
  3. Riđanović, J. (2002.): Geografija mora. Hrvatski zemljopis, Bibliotheka Geographia Croatica, Zagreb, 214
  4. Sverdrup, K. A., A. C. Duxbury, A. B. Duxbury (2003.) An Introduction to the World's Oceans. Seventh edit. McGraw-Hill, New York etc., 521 str.
  5. Kelletat, D. (1999.) Physische Geographie der Meere und Küsten. 2. auflage. Teubner Studienbücher Geographie, Stuttgart, 258 str.
  6. Gierloff-Emden, H. G. (1980.): Geographie des Meeres Oceane und Küsten. Walter de Gruyter, Berlin - New York, u dva sveska: Teil 1 str. 1-761, Teil 2 str. 767-1310
4. semester
Izborni predmeti - Mandatory studij - Environmental Sciences
Consultations schedule: