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

Investigation Activities
1A: Ocean in the Earth System (copyright notice) 1B: Ocean in the Global Water Cycle (copyright notice)
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