What is Marine Chemistry?
Marine, or Ocean (or sometimes Aquatic) Chemistry is one of the branches of Environmental Chemistry, which is dedicated to the ecology, PH level and chemical reactions of water masses of the Earth, in particular, the world ocean.
The ocean plays a decisive role in the water cycle in nature, which ensures the life of all living things on the planet Earth. That is why one of the main goals of Marine Chemistry (as a part of Ecology Sciences) is the protection of the ocean from anthropogenic pollution - emissions of garbage and oil spills. The main pollution of the sea is caused by agriculture - pesticides used for field processing are finally washed to the seas by rains and groundwater.
The main objects of the research in Marine Chemistry are particular chemical elements and compounds cycling in water - trace elements, organic and non-organic carbonyl compounds. In addition, Marine Chemistry focuses on how the chemical and PH characteristics
of water vary in the different parts of the ocean due to changes in climate and changes in the course of warm and cold undercurrents, how it affects the eco- and biosystems existing in the ocean, and how these changes are reflected in coastal areas.
How to complete an education in the field of Marine Chemistry?
Marine Chemistry is not often taught as a separate degree, so if you wish to get an education in this area, you might consider applying for more basic study programs in Ecology or Marine Science, and then choose a specialization in Marine Chemistry, or apply for a joint degree in Chemistry and Ecology. Some Master’s degree in Environmental Chemistry are also available. Several study programs in these areas can be found on our website - check out the Search.