Nature is much more interesting when one understands how natural processes work. For example, oceanographers understand why some waves are bigger than others, why Earth has wind, why seawater is salty, and why most marine organisms are microscopic. For their expertise, people turn to scientists for help in solving problems such as ecological degradation, shoreline erosion, and global warming.
As oceanography students, you will know more about how the ocean works than 99% of the people on Earth. When society faces issues, you will be able to make an informed decision and help others do the same. The greater the number of people who understand how Earth works, the sooner we can recognize and mitigate problems.
The optional media topic exercises are designed to encourage students to relate classroom topics to local issues that affect their lives. To this end, students can select articles from any media that address issues related to the scientific topics discussed in class.
One media topic can be turned in every two weeks. Check the nearest due date on thepage. The due dates for all eight media topics are listed in the syllabus.
To receive full credit for each media topic (one point) students must provide the following:
Here is an example of a satisfactory Media Topic assignment.