Oceanography (from the Ancient Greek ὠκεανός "ocean" and γράφω "write"), also known as oceanology, is the scientific study of the ocean. It is an important Earth science, which covers a wide range of topics, including ecosystem dynamics; ocean currents, waves, and geophysical fluid dynamics; plate tectonics and the geology of the sea floor; and fluxes of various chemical substances and physical properties within the ocean and across its boundaries. These diverse topics reflect multiple disciplines that oceanographers utilize to glean further knowledge of the world ocean, including astronomy, biology, chemistry, climatology, geography, geology, hydrology, meteorology and physics. Paleoceanography studies the history of the oceans in the geologic past. An oceanographer is a person who studies many matters concerned with oceans including marine geology, physics, chemistry and biology.
Dartmouth(/ˈdɑːrtməθ/) is a town andcivil parishin theEnglishcounty ofDevon. It is atourist destinationset on the western bank of the estuary of theRiver Dart, which is a long narrow tidalriathat runs inland as far asTotnes. It lies within theSouth Devon Area of Outstanding Natural BeautyandSouth Hamsdistrict, and had a population of 5,512 in 2001,reducing to 5,064 at the2011 census.There are twoelectoral wardsin theDartmoutharea (Townstal& Kingswear). Their combined population at the above census was 6,822