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Marine research proposal

Lensyl Urbano , Mark Abolins , Jose Hurtado et al.
Topic: Marine geology, Physical and chemical oceanography
Course Type: upper level


Students at the end of the semester for a project will propose an oceanographic cruise to answer a research question.
The question can be one posed by a recent published article or driven by the instructor's (or student's) research interest.


Better understanding the scientific method.
Understanding how to access and use cutting-edge scientific data.
Knowing what data-sets are available for the sea floor.
Knowing the major physical characteristics of the sea floor.
How to make a scientific argument based data (developing scientific communication skills).


Instructor (and/or peers) would evaluate proposal to determine if
1) the proposed work would answer the research question posed.
2) the proposed work is feasible.


GeoMapApp website
Journal articles (probably in Science or Nature or Geology)