Geophysical Fluid Dynamics I (ATMS 509/OCEAN 512a)

ATMS 509/OCN 512

4 credits

Instructor(s):

Location: JHN 022

Schedule: MWF 10:30-11:20

Quarter: Winter

  • Dynamics of rotating stratified fluid flow in the atmosphere/ocean and laboratory analogues.
  • Equations of state, compressibility, Boussinesq approximation.
  • Geostrophic balance, Rossby number.
  • Poincare, Kelvin, Rossby waves, geostrophic adjustment.
  • Ekman layers.
  • Continuously stratified dynamics: Inertia-gravity waves, potential vorticity, quasigeostrophy.


  • Prerequisite: ATM S 505/AMATH 505/OCEAN 511