2019-2020 / OCEA0090-1

Dynamics of marine ecosystems


20h Th, 20h Pr

Number of credits

 Master in oceanography (120 ECTS)4 crédits 


Marilaure Grégoire

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the second semester


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

The course focuses on the description and understanding of the interactions between marine physical and biogeochemical processes from the small to the large space and time scales.
Table des matières:
Chapter I : The geohydrodynamic context

  • Introduction
  • Space and Time scales, spectral window
  • Mathematical modelling

Chapitre II The geohydrodynamic variability
I The internal forces
  • A. The molecular effects
  • B. The stratification and internal waves
  • C. The Coriolis effect
  • D. The earth curvature effect

II The external forces
The heat exchange at the air sea interface

Chapitre III: Processes on a scale of less than 1 kilometer
  • Biology and boundary layers
  • Vertical structure of the open ocean: biology of the mixed layer
  • Vertical structure in coastal waters: freshwater run-off and tidal mixing.

Chapitre IV: Processes on a scale of 1-1000 kilometers
  • Vertical structure in coastal waters: coastal upwelling regions
  • Fronts in coastal waters
  • Tides, tidal mixing, and internal waves

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

To study the marin system in an interdisciplinary view

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Small research work on the subject and presentation of this work.

Mode of delivery (face-to-face ; distance-learning)

5-6 theoritical course

Recommended or required readings


Assessment methods and criteria

Presentation of the work and questions on the course

Work placement(s)

There is no work displacement foreseen in the frame of this lecture

Organizational remarks

The lecture takes place during the second part of the year (usually, first week of February)


Teachers: M. Grégoire
Marilaure Grégoire, Laboratoire d'Océanologie, ULg
e-mail : mgregoire@ulg.ac.be
tel : 043663354