• oceanography
  • The scientific study and exploration of the oceans and seas in all their aspects.
Abstract from DBPedia
    Oceanography (from Ancient Greek ὠκεανός (ōkeanós) 'ocean', and γραφή (graphḗ) 'writing'), also known as oceanology and ocean science, is the scientific study of the oceans. 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.

    海洋学(かいようがく、英語:oceanography, Marine engineering, oceanographic engineering, oceanic engineering, nautical engineeringとも)は自然科学の一分野であり、海洋を研究する学問である。地球を対象とした地球科学の一分野として、海棲生物やプレートテクトニクス、海流などの海洋の諸現象・変動を様々な自然科学的側面からとらえる。海洋のどの性質を主に解析するかによって、海洋物理学・海洋化学・生物海洋学(海洋生物学)・海洋地質学などの主要分野に分けられる。

    (Source: http://dbpedia.org/resource/Oceanography)