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OCN 201 Oceanography Final Exam Topics

The exam consists 4-5 written questions:

The potential comprehension questions are listed below.

The potential application question is related to one or more of the comprehension topics. A satisfactory response has three parts:

  1. List the topic(s) that applies, e.g. I can respond by using the Density Structure of Earth.
  2. Briefly explain the parts of the concept necessary to respond to question, e.g. Three layers, density and compositional differences, etc.
  3. Answer the question.

Potential Written Comprehension Exam Questions

The 3-5 written comprehension questions will come from lecture topics

Air-Sea Interaction

Oceanic Climatic Regions

Discuss the characteristics of the equatorial climatic region.
Discuss the characteristics of the tropical climatic region.
Discuss the characteristics of the subtropical climatic region.
Discuss the characteristics of the temperate climatic region.
Discuss the characteristics of the subpolar climatic region. (10 for the two selected regions)


Ekman Spiral

Discuss the formation of the Ekman spiral and Ekman transport. (10)

Geostrophic Currents

Discuss the formation of geostrophic currents and the subtropical gyre circulation. (10)

Pattern of Geostrophic Currents in the Pacific

Draw and label the surface currents in the Pacific Ocean. (9)


Factors That Determine Wave Heights (H)

Discuss the factors that determine wave heights. (7)

Wave Interference

Discuss wave interference. (9)

Wave Dispersion

Discuss wave dispersion. (8)


Discuss how the characteristics of waves change when they enter shallow water. (8)

Discuss the three types of surf. (9)

Wave Refraction

Explain why waves refract. (6)

Discuss wave refraction on irregular coastlines. (10)

Longshore Drift

Discuss longshore drift and its interaction with shoreline structures. (10)

Longshore Current

Discuss longshore current and rip currents. (6)

Wave Reflection and Seawalls

Explain why seawalls tend to destroy beaches. (10)


Discuss tsunamis and the Hawaiian Islands. (10)


The list of exam topics and potential written questions for the final exam are complete


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