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48 Oceanography

Includes the physical, chemical and biological aspects of oceans and seas; ocean dynamics; and marine resources. For related information see also 43 Earth Resources and Remote Sensing.


Oceanography – The science that deals with the study and exploration of seas and oceans. NASA Thesaurus, Washington, DC: National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

NASA Interest

Exhaustive Interest : Studies by aerospace means of air-sea interactions, marine resources, and the ocean floor; ocean currents and wave phenomena; also marine studies having potential relevance to ground truth for remote sensing and climate modeling.

Selective Interest : Ocean floor core drilling related to age studies, plate movement, and Earth structure.

Negative Interest : Oil and mineral drilling and searching; and fish location.


Input Subjects of Specific Interest

  • air-sea interactions
  • biological oceanography
  • biosphere (oceanography)
  • chlorophyll concentration
  • dynamic oceanography
  • general circulation models (ocean)
  • marine biology
  • marine resources
  • ocean circulation
  • ocean currents
  • ocean floor studies
  • ocean wave studies
  • oceanography
  • physical oceanography
  • phytoplankton concentration
  • salinity (oceanography)
  • sea ice
  • sea water
  • sediments (oceanography)
  • swash zone (oceanography)
  • temperature variations (oceanography)
  • thermoclines (oceanography)
  • wave phenomena (oceanography)