Investigations 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 Investigations 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 who want their students to study ocean in real-time can supplement the investigations with Current Ocean Studies, posted weekly on the RealTime Ocean Portal. View this year's schedule for Current Weather Studies.

Orders for the Ocean Studies Investigations 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 AMSEDU Bookstore.

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 Textbook and Investigations Manual, which includes guest access to the RealTime Ocean Portal.

1A Earth's Ocean (copyright notice)
1B Ocean in the Global Water Cycle (copyright notice)
2A "Seeing" the Floor of the Ocean
2B Ocean Floor Bathymetry
3A Ocean Water Temperature, Salinity, and Density
3B Freshwater, Seawater, and Sea Ice
4A Atmosphere-Ocean Connections
4B Incoming Solar Radiation and Sea-Surface Temperature
5A Wind-Driving Ocean Circulation and Ocean Gyres
5B Density-Driven Circulation and Water Masses
6A Deep- and Shallow-Water Waves
6B Tides
7A Coastal Processes
7B Open Ocean and Coastal Impacts of Tropical Cyclones
8A Upwelling, Downwelling, and Ocean Productivity
8B The Future is Jellyfish
9A Marine Ecosystems and Food Webs
9B Ocean Life
10A Ocean Water Temperature, Pressure, and Surface Ocean Currents
10B El Niño/La Niña: The Atmosphere-Ocean Connection
11A What Goes Down
11B Sediment From Land to Sea
12A Change in Earth's Climate System
12B The Ocean and Climate Change
13A Investigating the Ocean: Past and Present
13B Sensing the Top 2 km of the Ocean in Near Real Time
14A Fisheries and Overfishing
14B Plastic Menace
15A Ocean Policy: Determining the Boundaries
15B Climate Intervention (Geoengineering)