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Investigations Manual Highlight

Investigations 13A, 13B, 14A, 14B, 15A, and 15B (corresponding to text chapters 13, 14, and 15) are designed for use at any point during the term, including the beginning. These investigations may be used at the discretion of the instructor to bring the local course and AMS real-time delivery schedules into alignment.) Current Ocean Studies for these floating chapters are posted in mid-August and available all year.

To further assist with aligning college and AMS delivery schedules, in Week 1 of the course schedule AMS posts Current Ocean Studies investigations for Chapters 1-3. In each subsequent week of the semester an additional chapter's Current Ocean Studies is posted.


AMS Ocean Studies eInvestigations Manual

Ocean Studies Investigations Manual
  • Investigations lead students through the analysis and interpretation of real-world ocean data
  • Two investigations per textbook chapter, a total of 30 lab-related investigations
  • Each investigation is self-contained in the Manual, and may be supplemented using Current Ocean Studies on the RealTime Ocean Portal

As each eInvestigations Manual activity is self-contained, AMS Ocean Studies course materials are available to instructors in their entirety prior to the beginning of a term.

Instructors wanting to have their students study ocean in real-time may choose to supplement the Manual investigations with Current Ocean Studies prepared weekly on the RealTime Ocean Portal.

Orders for the Ocean Studies eInvestigations Manual and/or other course materials should be placed through your college bookstore. Go to the Order Class Materials page for details. Students can also place orders directly through the AMS Online Store, under the AMS Ocean Studies header.

If you are a faculty member interested in using the AMS Ocean Studies materials in a current or future course offering, you may request an examination copy of the Text and eInvestigations Manual, which includes guest access to the RealTime Ocean Portal.

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1A: Ocean in the Earth System
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1B: Ocean in the Global Water Cycle
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2A: Seeing the Bottom of the Ocean 2B: Ocean Bottom Bathymetry
3A: Seawater Temperature, Salinity, and Density 3B: Fresh Water, Ocean Water, and Sea Ice
4A: What Goes Down 4B: Sediment from Land to Sea
5A: Ocean-Atmosphere Connections 5B: Incoming Solar Radiation and Sea Surface Temperature
6A: Wind-Driven Ocean Circulation and Ocean Gyres 6B: Density-Driven Circulation and Water Masses
7A: Deep- and Shallow-Water Waves 7B: Tides
8A: Coastal Processes 8B: Open Ocean and Coastal Impaces of Tropical Cyclones
9A: Upwelling and Ocean Productivity 9B: Chesapeake Bay Estuary
10A: Marine Food Webs 10B: Ocean Life
11A: Seawater Temperature, Pressure, and Surface Ocean Currents 11B: El Niño/La Niña: The Ocean- Atmosphere Connection
12A: Change in Earth's Climate System 12B: The Ocean and Climate Change
13A: The Sea and the Shore 13B: Sensing the Top 2 km of the Ocean in Near Real Time
14A: Fisheries and Overfishing 14B: Fisheries and Bycatch
15A: Oil Spills and the Marine Environment 15B: Ocean Policy - Determining the Boundaries

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