Geophysical Fluid Dynamics I (OCEAN 512/ ATM S 509)

OCEAN 512/ ATM S 509

4 credits

Instructor(s):

Location: ATG 610

Schedule: MWF 10:30-11:20

Department: Cross-listed

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: OCEAN 511 or ATM S/AMATH 505.

One additional meeting hour is TBA.