from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The exploration and scientific study of the ocean and its phenomena. Also called oceanology.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The exploration and scientific study of the oceans and ocean floor.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A description of the ocean.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The science of the ocean: a special branch of geography.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the branch of science dealing with physical and biological aspects of the oceans
Curtis Ebbesmeyer holds a Ph.D. in oceanography from the University of Washington.
As I understand it, oceanography is the study of the oceans, hence an oceanographer is one who studies the oceans, which in this case are eating away at East Anglia.
Ned and company do certainly get some education in oceanography and marine biology along the way.
She talks about her research, her background and women in oceanography:
With the intervention of Pettersson's father, the wealthy Swede Knut Mark offered funds for a new chair in oceanography at the Göteborg Högskola, which Pettersson easily obtained.
I contemplated majors in oceanography, chemistry and linguistics; I enjoyed math (except for geometry) in school.
The carbon-14 method has also been applied in oceanography, for example, for the dating of relatively recent sea sediments.
To give an idea of the special nature of some of the equipment, I will say that some of the scientific instruments used in oceanography were not on the market anywhere in the world, and were to be had only from the Prince of Monaco, the greatest of living oceanographers.
Young women starting out in oceanography don’t face any of the issues that I did.
But I’ve been in oceanography for so long now that many of the people at other institutions were students or shipmates with me.