Department of Ocean, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Courses:

Undergraduate courses

Graduate courses

 

 

Courses Previously taught by Dr. Harvey through UMCES:

MEES 627 Environmental Geochemistry II

CREDITS: 3 graduate credits

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course is a detailed examination of aquatic geochemical cycles, including inorganic and organic geochemistry. We use review papers, original scientific works and textbooks as a base with distribution through web interfaces. Topics include global biogeochemical cycles of esssential elements, estuarine cycling of organic matter, nutrients and metals, redox cycles, radiochemistry, stable isotope biogeochemistry, and sediment biogeochemistry/ diagenesis.

RECOMMENDED TEXTS: Texts for the course include portions of Marine Geochemistry (eds. H.D. Shulz and M. Zabel) and Aquatic Chemistry - Chemical Equilibria and Rates in Natural Waters (3rd edition) by W. Stumm and J.J. Morgan.

TIMES OFFERED: Spring Semester of odd years

PREREQUISITES: Environmental Geochemistry I (MEES 698L) or permission

MEES 608T Contemporary Issues in Global Climate Change

CREDITS: 1 graduate credit

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This seminar entails a review of scientific and policy issues surrounding the current debate on the extent and magnitude of changes in climate, the causative agents responsible and the policy responses. Three topic areas are covered through class readings, class discussions and invited lectures. The first is the scientific evidence for the recent increase in climate temperatures based on historical and modern chemical records of climate and temperature. Secondly, the types and scales of global circulation and climate models will be reviewed, including their ability to incorporate anthropogenic emissions and act as predictors of climate change. The final component is a comparative review through student debate of how government policy in the United States and elsewhere has responded to recent observations.

RECOMMENDED TEXTS: Texts for the course include portions of Marine Geochemistry (eds. H.D. Shulz and M. Zabel) and Aquatic Chemistry - Chemical Equilibria and Rates in Natural Waters (3rd edition) by W. Stumm and J.J. Morgan.

TIMES OFFERED: Spring Semesters

PREREQUISITES: Graduate Standing or permission.