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Comments from Lecturers and Researchers
- The Earth Sciences 1 lecture notes look fantastic, and I teach a similar course at UNSW now. I would really like a copy of the notes for myself.
If I used any of the notes I would give you due credit as the
author. Are you happy for me to download the notes and print them out?
(Dr. Matthew England, University of New South Wales, Sydney; September 1996)
- I just want to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, and keep up the good work for the physical oceanographers on the net! (Eunice Tetteh, Department of Oceanography and Fisheries, University of Ghana, December 2002)
- North America
- I am teaching a field course in VA in summer. I browsed your course on the web, it is excellent. I recommend it to my colleagues here. I will also direct my students to browse your pages. (Yin S. Soong, Professor of Oceanography, Millersville University of PA, August 1996)
- I have already alerted my students to your web page and am encouraging them to use that and other sources of information! I can assure you your overheads will add much colour to my lectures. I also want to mention how much I like your text book. It is by far the best descriptive book I have seen. I used it last year in our graduate core course. How pleasant it is to read something that doesn't have a northern hemisphere bias! (Kim A. Van Scoy, Assistant Professor, Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Madison, September 1996)
- Just wanted to thank you for putting this on the web. It has been a great resource for me. Very well organized and very well written! (Diolinda Parsick, Department of Marine Science, University of San Diego, March 1997)
- We are establishing a course reference page (homepage) for students in the course (20 students). We would like very much to include the URL to your excellent Oceanography Lecture Notes as a course reference. Your notes are outstanding! The graphics are great! (Prof. Edmond Broch, Washington State University, March 1997)
- You have constructed a fantastic resource in physical oceanography. You have created one of the most coherent sources of oceanographic information on the WWW and you should be recognized for the importance of this effort. (Don Reed, Dept. of Geology, San Jose State University, August 1997)
- I am teaching the oceanography course here at the University of Colorado at Boulder this spring, and in searching for material, I've come across your oceanography lecture notes on the web. My compliments to you. Your notes are excellent. (Lincoln Pratson, Department of Geology, University of Colorado, March 1998)
- I am thoroughly enthralled by your oceanography web site and in particular you choice of graphs and charts. With your permission, I would like to point my students to your site as a regular part of our curriculum syllabus. (Bob Perry, The Marine Research Facility, Malibu High School, California, July 1998)
- I just came across your site on Physical Oceanography and I found it so useful that I would like to link it as a major reference for my students on our Environmental Systems Website. (Garry Fletcher, Lester B. Pearson College of the Pacific, Victoria BC, Canada, November 1999)
- Thank you for allowing me to use some of your online
exercises as a part of my instructional efforts. I teach an introductory course in physical oceanography for our
undergraduate majors in oceanography and have recently had my students use some of your
online exercises. The feedback has been very positive. For example,
even though they had already learned about density, stratification, and
water mass formation, my students found your third and fourth exercises
very interesting and useful because they could interact with the exercises
and learn from their mistakes and misinterpretations. I think these kinds of exercises can really reinforce student learning.
I commend you on your efforts. (Dr. Greg Crawford, Department of Oceanography, Humboldt State University, April 2000)
- I have been a great fan of your oceanography site for a few years now. I frequently refer to it in an ocean waves course I teach as well as in more informal e-mails and conversations. (Prof. Mark Cramer, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, July 2000)
- I think your site is wonderful, very valuable information written in an engaging way. I've linked it at http://math.rice.edu/~lanius/pres/map/mappro.html. (Cynthia Lanius, Rice University Houston, USA, January 2001)
- I have recently found your oceanography web page and plan to use several of your exercises and notes in my Introduction to Oceanography class this fall. They are excellent and I'm so glad that you have made them available. (Suzanne O'Connell, Wesleyan University, Middletown, USA, July 2002)
- I am a professor in the Oceanography Deptartment at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. A few months ago, I came across your wonderful oceanography web course and now point my students towards it - particularly the part on tides. (Leslie Rosenfeld, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, USA, August 2002)
- I am currently coordinating an undergraduate course in Coastal Oceanography and I came across your teaching materials on the web. I just wanted to congratulate you on producing a great resource for instructors of oceanography. I am mostly responsible for teaching the biological section of the course, but I am keen for our students to get a solid foundation in the physics, which your web course offers. (Peter Strutton, Assistant Professor, Stony Brook University, January 2003)
- Central and South America
- I have been looking at the figures you kindly made available on the web. I teach physical oceanography at undergraduate and graduate levels at my university in NW Mexico. My intention is to use this material but manipulate figures first in order to substitute English by Spanish legends, print and project them during lectures. (Reginaldo Durazo, UABC-Facultad de Ciencias Marinas, Ensenada, Mexico, February 1997)
- I have found a treasure reading your online material of the Physical Oceanography Introductory lectures. It helps me a lot for teaching. (Julián Castañeda, Universidad de Oriente, Venezuela, September 1999)
- I am a researcher at the Petroleum Institute of Mexico, in the Environmental Program, Group of Marine Systems.
I've been enjoying your Physical Oceanography textbook. It's a new concept on education in the sense that you can access a series of utilities without straying far from the chapter's concepts. Congratulations. (Diego López Veneroni, Instituto Mexicano del Petróleo, Mexico City, May 2001)
- Just discovered your great pages on the web and turned pale from envy. My respect! Your lecture notes get a positive response from our students: Two girls are interested in continuing their studies in Australia. (Dr. Helmut Baumert, Institut für Meereskunde an der Universität Hamburg and Universität Oldenburg, February 1997)
- I am a retired geophysicist and I write articles on future oil production (You can see some of my articles in my site www.oilcrisis.com/laherrere). I am presently writing an article on hydrates. Your site on the seawater properties is very good. I have been searching for a graph on the SOFAR channel, and your site is the best. (Jean Laherrère, Touraine and Paris, May 1999)
- Well done - I've just briefly dropped into your web site from home and am very impressed. Good range of high quality materials - all of high academic substance. I am a lecturer teaching undergraduate and postgraduate modules on Coastal Geomorphology, Coastal Zone Management, Terrestrial Coastal Ecology etc. My particular interest is in coastal dunes. Nice web site - thanks. (Paul Rooney, Liverpool Hope University College, February 2000)
- I have seen in the Internet the Introduction to Physical Oceanography you have written, as well as its Spanish version. I would like to send you my warmest congratulations for offering such a valuable tool worldwide. One of my colleagues is going to use this material for an introductory course on Descriptive Oceanography to first year university Marine Sciences students. (Jordi Font, Institut de Ciències del Mar, Barcelona, March 2001)
- I was just looking, once again, at some of the wonderful material you have in the web (this time from your Regional Oceanography book) and I simply don't want to take any longer to sincerely thank you for all your research in physical oceanography, and the wonderful way you have made this available to us all! I have had the opportunity to read a number of your articles, mainly those dealing with the eastern portion of the North Atlantic subtropical gyre and I think it is fair that you know how much I, as many other people, appreciate the quality of your work. (Jose Pelegri, Institut de Ciències del Mar, Barcelona, January 2005)
- It is a wonderfully sunny Easter Monday and yet I am sitting inside in my attic bedroom reading your lecture notes. I have just completed my own set of notes for professional marine students and was trawling the various web sites looking for additional material when I found a link to your site. If I could produce such wonderfully comprehensive notes such as yours I would be a very happy man. Although, in common with all UK maritime colleges, I have access to Total Tide and other UKHO publications, they lack the background to understanding tides. The graphics are of particular interest to both myself and, most probably, my colleagues. Very many thanks. (Nick Wilde, Senior Lecturer, Warsash Maritime Centre, Southampton Solent University, April 2006)
Comments from Students
- I was blown away by your lecture notes on wave formation and tides. As a surfer the origin of sets has always been a curiosity to me. Also the information on seiches and tides is amazing. (David Hodson, Tasmania, June 1997)
- I want to thank you for the oceanography website. I am a final year student graduating in physics at the University of Mauritius. At present I am working on an oceanography project and this site has been very helpful to me. (Kritsingh Dookheea, University of Mauritius, January 2000)
- North America
- I am a student at Rice University in Houston, Texas. For a recent project I have chosen to study the tidal effect in the Houston Ship Channel. In my research I came across Lecture 11 as one of the most comprehensive pieces of information concerning tides. (Kindra Welch, September 1996)
- Thank you very much for your time, and the web page. I learned a lot from your lecture on waves. (Julia Dinwiddie, February 1997)
- Thanks for making your lecture notes available on the Internet! I am taking an Oceanography course in Atlanta now and no syllabus or lecture notes were provided. Your notes have helped me select and research interesting areas in anticipation of their coverage in my class. (Mark Kraieski, Atlanta, Georgia, July 1997)
- Thank you. A couple of months ago I was planning to establish a problem statement on waves. Your web pages were helpful to me and I chose my problem statement "How does depth of water influence wave speed?" I built a small motorized wave generator and utilized an aquarium which had a slope and also a manual wave paddle. I measured 3 different depths of water with 4 variable wave speeds. The data showed that the wave speed was slower in shallower water and wave length was also smaller. Amazingly enough, I must have put together a good science fair project because last week it was announced that I had placed second out of the entire Middle School. Thanks again for your initial help. (A. Kerhulas, California, USA)
- My name is Jae Fernandez, I am 11 years old and I was doing research on
monsoons and found your site. Thank you for publishing this on the
internet as there were not many sites that gave information that I could
use. I printed your schematic and will include it in my report. (Jae Fernandez, New Jersey, USA, April 1998)
- I want to thank you for your web page. The notes are wonderful. I am currently taking a very confusing course in physical oceanography and am having a very hard time. Your notes have helped where they could. (Lisa Murray, Galveston, USA, October 2000)
- Central and South America
- He visto su página web de oceanografía y me ha gustado mucho. Felicitandolos por el gran aporte realizado a la ciencia, Marcela Cornejo (Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, Chile, October 2000)
- I am a final year student of the University of the West Indies (Trinidad and Tobago). As part of my final year I have to do a research project; my research project entails determinig the flushing characteristics for a specific bay. I was very impressed with the information I found on the web. (Nicole, University of the West Indies, October 2000)
- I have seen your lecture notes in WWW pages: "Oceanography" and "Shelf and Estuarine Oceanography: an Introduction". I found them excellent and very interesting for my work. (Paula Pilar, Unit of Marine Technology and Engineering, Instituto Superior Tecnico, Portugal, June 1998)
- I am a PhD Student in chemical engineering. My project is about numerical modelling of estuaries. I was really impressed by your notes on estuarine systems on the web, especially the guide for students for the estuarine classification, the classifications parameters, the careful use of Hansen and Rattray's scheme and the application of your considerations to the Australian Estuaries. (Sara Passone, Department of Chemical Engineering, Loughborough University, U.K., August 2000)
- Congratulations for the excellent resources you made available to the world community through your mirrored web pages. I just needed some help about the physics of internal waves and seiches in shallow bays and yesterday night I ended up in your site. (Xavier dePedro, University of Barcelona, April 2002)
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