OCS 1006: Introduction to Oceanography (Honors)
This honors course introduces marine processes that typify our planet in the four sub-fields of Oceanography (geological, chemical, physical and biological) with the goal of broadening students' understanding of the oceanic environment. Students will develop an appreciation of how knowledge about the ocean is acquired and applied, as well as how the ocean affects our lives and how we can affect the ocean.
OCS 2013: Extreme Coastal Weather
Extreme weather events prompt profound change upon the coastal regions they impact, including both human and natural systems. Hurricanes, nor’easters, tornadoes, lightning, and floods can all preferentially occur in coastal environments, but how do these events work? Why are they so common in coastal regions? And, how do they change the regions in which they form? This course will explore the physical principles governing extreme weather events, why they happen near the coast, and how they shape these areas for years afterward.
OCS 7016: Modeling the Marine Atmosphere
This course explores the basic workflow of numerical atmospheric model implementation in marine environments. The theory underlying their development as well as the best practices for their operation are discussed with students receiving hands-on experience initializing their own simulations. Post-processing of model output and data visualization are also covered.
HNRS 2000: Critical Analysis || Louisiana, Paradise Lost?
Sea level rise, coastal erosion, hurricanes, and river flooding, are only some of the natural hazards affecting residents of Louisiana. How do these hazards impact communities along Louisiana's coast; how will they change in the future; and what can we do about it?