Ocean Technology and Data

oceantech-smThe Ocean Technology and Data track is for students interested in oceanographic technology and who want to pursue or further their careers in maritime industries, environmental consulting, and the uniformed marine services (Navy, Coast Guard, and NOAA Corps). This track trains students in marine robotics, seafloor mapping, sensor utilization, oceanographic data collection and processing, as well as, maritime policy.

Students in the Ocean Technology and Data track receive advanced instruction, training and experiential learning with faculty whose academic backgrounds are in general, physical, chemical and biological oceanography; remotely operated and autonomous underwater vehicles and robotics; data and statistics; ocean engineering; network and system security; and coastal policy.

Core Requirements include (Course Catalog):

  • 30 credits
  • Successful completion of a written Master’s examination.
  • Maintenance of a 3.0 GPA.
  • Required Classes (9 credits)
    • OCG 591 Independent Study w/GSO faculty, resulting in a major paper which may include an internship (6 credits);
    • OCG 695 Seminar in Oceanography – one credit per semester, maximum of three (3 credits);
  • Elective Classes (21 credits). Students must take at least two classes from following group:
    • OCG 521 Chemical Oceanography (3 credits);
    • OCG 540 Geological Oceanography (4 credits);
    • OCG 501 Physical Oceanography or Foundations Of Earth System Dynamics (3 credits);
    • OCG 561 Biological Oceanography (4 credits);

Students must take at least four classes from the following four groups,

Group 1 – Engineering

  • OCE 516 Biomimetrics in Ocean Engineering (3 credits);
  • CSC 583 Computer Vision (3 credits);
  • OCE 583 Deep Foundations (3 credits);
  • OCE 567 Design of Remotely Operated Vehicles (3 credits);
  • OCE 522 Dynamics of Waves and Structures (3 credits);
  • ELE 506 Digital Signal Processing (3 credits);
  • OCE 514 Engineering Wave Mechanics and Nearshore Processes (3 credits);
  • OCE 581 Experimental Geomechanics (3 credits);
  • Feedback Control Systems (3 credits);
  • ELE 509 Introduction to Random Processes (3 credits);
  • ELE 503 Linear Control Systems (3 credits);
  • OCE 562 Modeling, Simulation and Control of Marine Vehicles (3 credits);
  • OCE 550 Ocean Systems Engineering (3 credits);
  • OCG 512 Ocean Waves and Storm Surge Modeling (3 credits);
  • MCE 504 Optimal Control Theory (3 credits);
  • OCE 582 Marine Geotechnics (3 credits);

Group 2 – Security

  • CSF 534 Advanced Topics in Network and System Security (3 credits);
  • CSF 430 Introduction to Information Assurance (3 credits);
  • CSF 432 Introduction to Network and Systems Security (3 credits);
  • CSF 580 Professional Skills For Cyber Security (3 credits);

Group 3 – Ocean Science and Data

  • OCG 535 Climate, Radiation, Gases and Aerosols (3 credits);
  • GEO 577 Coastal Geologic Hazards (3 credits);
  • NRS 509 Concepts of GIS and Remote Sensing in Environmental Science (3 credits);
  • OCG 404 Environmental Data Acquisition and Analysis (3 credits);
  • OCG 517 Foundations of Earth System Dynamics. If not counted above. (3 credits);
  • OCG 555 Modern Oceanographic Imaging and Mapping Techniques (3 credits);
  • OCG 506 Numerical Models and Data Analysis in Ocean Sciences (3 credits);
  • NRS 516 Remote Sensing in Natural Resources Mapping (3 credits);
  • OCG 593 Satellite Oceanography (3 credits);

Group 4 – Coastal Policy 

  • MAF 521 Coastal Zone Law (3 credits);
  • MAF 416 Coastal Zone Management (3 credits);
  • MAF 564 Port Planning and Policy (3 credits);

 

Example Programs of Study

Example Curricula: Ocean Technology and Data with Specific Foci
Focus: Ocean Technology Focus: Ocean Security Focus: Ocean Data
Physical Oceanography Physical Oceanography Chemical oceanography
Geological Oceanography Geological Oceanography Foundations Of Earth System Dynamics
Numerical Models and Data Analysis in the Ocean Sciences Coastal Geological Hazards Numerical Models and Data Analysis in the Ocean Sciences
Modern Oceanographic Imaging and Mapping Techniques Coastal Zone Law Programming for Scientists
Design of Remotely Operated Vehicles Port Operations and Policy Satellite Oceanography
Digital Signal Processing Numerical models and Data Analysis in the Ocean Sciences Modern Oceanographic Imaging and Mapping Techniques
Environmental Data Acquisition and Analysis Introduction to Network and Systems Security Environmental Data Acquisition and Analysis
Independent Study Independent Study Independent Study
Internship Internship Internship
Student Seminar Student Seminar Student Seminar

 

For More Information

Professor Art Spivack
Graduate School of Oceanography
University of Rhode Island
Narragansett, RI 02882
Phone: (401) 874-6246

 

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