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This course is an overview of the marine environment and the different systems from which it is composed. It introduces to the main physical, geological, chemical processes and characteristics that are relevant to understand marine biology and functioning of marine ecosystems. Hence, it constitutes a pre-requirement for the next courses.

Keywords: Marine geology, geomorphology and sediments, chemical and physical properties of seawater, ocean circulation, physics interactions with biology, biogeochemical cycles, global change and anthropogenic impacts, regional oceanography