Topic 1: Sea Level and the Earths Water Cycle
What is sea level and what processes control it?
How does one make a water budget for the
What is meant by the terms turnover /me and
Topic 10: Health of Puget Sound
Puget Sound provides a home to approximately four
million human residents. Despite the striking visual
beauty of the Puget Sound region, it is clear that this
growing popula@on has bee
Topic 5: Life in the Ocean
What is photosynthesis and respira,on?
What are autotrophs and heterotrophs?
What is meant by Primary Produc,vity ?
What is meant by the Redeld Ra,o?
How does Primary Produc,
Topic 6: Ocean Engineering
Detec2ng Ocean Change: developing and deploying
instruments to autonomously (una4ended) measure
Energy Extrac2on: Is the ocean an important future
source of power?
Topic 8: Ocean Acidica0on
Why is the ocean becoming more acidic?
What evidence is there for Ocean Acidica8on?
What are the ecological impacts of Ocean
'Sea Bu5eries' Are a Canary for
Topic 2: Earthquakes and Plate Tectonics
Why do earthquakes occur in the Pacic Northwest?
Why are earthquake loca8ons related to mid ocean
ridge and ocean trench loca8ons?
How have the posi8ons of t
Arc$c Ocean: Impact of Global Warming
What characteris+cs of the Arc+c are changing?
How does sea ice loss aect the circula+on, biology
and chemistry of the Arc+c Ocean?
How does Arc+c warming impact weather?
Topic 3: Ocean Circula1on
What role do winds play in controlling surface circula1on
Why are Pressure Gradient Force and Coriolis Force
important factors controlling both the paBerns of winds
Topic 9: Puget Sound
What geologic processes shape Puget Sound?
What are the major landforms?
What is the impact of atmospheric condi8ons?
How does coastal upwelling aect Puget Sound?
What is importance of 8des?