Great Barrier Reef Field Course
Piers.Larcombe at jcu.edu.au
Fri Feb 5 17:40:22 EST 1999
The School of Earth Sciences at James Cook University is offering a field
course which may be of interest to readers of the newsgroup.
DO YOUR FIELD COURSE ON THE GREAT BARRIER REEF AND ADJACENT COAST
(June 7-28, 1999)
'Coral Reefs and Mangroves of the Great Barrier Reef'
Focus: Field studies in shelf sedimentology
Location : Townsville and environs
Duration: 3 weeks from June 7 to June 28, 1999.
Credit: 4 credit points from James Cook University (contact James Cook
University for information on credit transferability).
Cost: $3600 (Australian dollars - approximately US$2500 - includes
accommodation and transport once you arrive at James Cook University to
start the course).
This course introduces students to the cutting-edge of sedimentology
research using the central Great Barrier Reef Lagoon as its laboratory.
The focus is on the sedimentary processes which control the distribution
of shelf sediments and coral reefs. The course will consist of an
introduction (delivered remotely via the web and by lectures and practical
work at JCU), followed by 12-14 days of fieldwork, using the University
research vessels Mudskipper and James Kirby. Students may have the option
to view the reef from the air (through an overflight by small plane) and
to visit the outer reef. During the first half of the course, participants
will be introduced to a range of instrumentation and equipment (including
current meters, bed-level sensors, grab samplers, side-scan sonar,
vibrocorer, sub-bottom profiler) and sedimentary environments (including
fringing coral reefs, near-shore turbid-zone reefs, coastal sediment
bodies, shelf sediment bodies and the outer reef). During the second half
of the course, participants will develop and focus on a specific research
issue. This elite course is designed to provide hands-on experience on the
Great Barrier Reef itself, an unparalleled setting in which to learn the
complexities of the shelf system from experts in the field.
See website http://www.jcu.edu.au/school/earth/teaching/fieldov.html
Primary Contact: Professor Tim Bell
tim.bell at jcu.edu.au
fax: +61 (0)7 4725-1501
Course Leaders: Dr Ken Woolfe, Dr Piers Larcombe
Jun 7 Lecture 1 Introduction to the GBR, the School and the Course
Lecture 2 The GBR Shelf
Lecture 3 Trade Winds and Cyclones
Prac 1: Tides, Currents and regional sedimentation
patterns and geology (Townsville Region) and a BBQ
Jun 8 Field Trip Inter-tidal sedimentary environments (Shelly Bay).
Jun 9 Field Trip Inter-tidal sedimentary environments (Shelly Bay).
Jun 10 Lecture 4 Applications of particle size analysis
Lecture 5 Petrology and grain shape
Prac 2 Particle size analysis, petrology and grain shape.
Prac 3 Reporting.
Jun 11 Lecture 6 Tides and tidal creeks
Lecture 7 Mangrove systems
Lecture 8 Collection of real-time data
Prac 4 Working with data loggers and data.
Jun 12 Field Trip Mangrove creeks and salt flats (Cocoa Creek)
Jun 13 Travel to field camp (probably Whitsunday Islands)
Jun 14 - 18 Small group activities
A) Tides, currents and waves
B) Inter-tidal sediments
C) Supra-tidal deposits
D) Sub-tidal sediments
E) Seismic stratigraphy
Jun 19 Outer Reef Trip
Jun 20 Small group project generation
Jun 21-26 Small group research projects
Jun 27 Day trip to investigate a quartz sand problem
Jun 28 Return to Townsville
Please address initial enquiries to tim.bell at jcu.edu.au.
Dr. Piers Larcombe piers.larcombe at jcu.edu.au
Tel. +61 7 47815056 Fax. +61 7 47251501
Marine Geophysical Laboratory, School of Earth Sciences
James Cook University, Townsville, 4811 Australia
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