Courses

TermCourse TitleCourse NumberDescription
FallOcean MappingGGE3353Introduction to hydrography: geomatics aspects, trends and prospects, role in offshore management. Depth determination: seabed and seawater properties, non-acoustic methods, underwater acoustics, vertical and oblique incidence methods, bathymetric and imaging methods.
FallOceanography, Tides, and Water LevelsGGE5011Descriptive and theoretical introduction to physical oceanography, focusing on the coastal zone and the continental shelf. Components of physical oceanography that affect the accuracy and operational conduct of hydrographic surveying. Detailed studies of the controls on sound speed structure (seawater properties, propagation and refraction). Detailed studies of the controls on surface water level (tides, waves and swell, vertical reference surfaces). Constituent extraction from tidal observations and prediction of tides. Discrete and continuous tidal zoning, including an introduction to coastal hydrodynamic models.
WinterMarine Geology and GeophysicsGGE5012Descriptive marine geology including all ocean depths, but focusing on the coastal zone and continental shelf. Components of surficial sedimentology that affect the accuracy and operational conduct of hydrographic surveying. Detailed studies of the controls on seafloor processes (deposition and erosion) and bottom backscatter strength (sonar performance, geomorphology, sediment classification). Descriptive and introductory-theoretical marine geophysics including single-channel, 2D multi-channel and 3D multi channel reflection seismic surveying. Marine refraction seismology.
WinterAdvanced Topics in Ocean MappingGGE6022This course will focus on current, important issues in ocean mapping. The specific topic of the course will be selected based on the background and interests of the students. Potential topics include (though not limited to): New advances in ocean mapping data systems (swath mapping, sidescan sonar, hybrid systems, subbottom profilers); processing of ocean mapping data; remote classification of seafloor materials; relevant topics in oceanography and marine geology/geophysics; environmental applications of ocean mapping. A seminar format is used.