EOSC 574 · Methods in Oceanography

Course Description

Methods of data acquisition, study and analysis required in solving oceanographic problems. Includes a field school held during the mid-term break. A fee is to be paid by January 31.

Learning Goals

  • To learn about field methods in the major branches of oceanography
  • To gain practical experience in carrying out field observations
  • To develop and carry out a research project involving:
  • Writing a research proposal
  • Planning a field program
  • Obtaining field measurements to address the question proposed
  • Analyzing the field measurements
  • Presenting results orally at a 'conference'
  • Presenting the results in the form of a journal-style article



Maldonado, Waterman

Lecture Topics

Funding and sampling programs
Ships and fieldwork logistics
Physical measurements
Biological measurements
Geo-chemical measurements
**Note: Lectures take place during the first half of term only.


The class is based around the idea of gathering and scientifically analyzing field data, and usually involves a field trip. In the past few years we have spent a week at Bamfield Marine Station during the spring break. Part-way through this trip students present a research proposal, after which they gather field data. Analysis is usually completed at UBC before the end of term.