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OCOR 5608 - Introduction to Physical Oceanography

Introduction to Physical Oceanography

Course Number: OCOR - 5608

 

This course is intended to give students insight to how wind, radiation, gravity, friction, and the Earth's rotation determine the ocean's temperature and salinity patterns and currents. Some important processes we will study include heat budget of the oceans, exchange of heat with the atmosphere and the role of the ocean in climate, surface mixed layer, waves in the ocean, geostrophy, Ekman transport, Rossby waves. Students will learn how to explain physical features of the ocean ranging from microscopic turbulence to global circulation.

Introduction to Physical Oceanography

Course Number: OCOR - 5608

 

Introduction to Physical Oceanography

Course Number: OCOR - 5608

Students will:

  1. calculate Coriolis parameter, Ekman boundary layer depth, and Brunt-Vaisala frequency;
  2. explain intensification of the western boundary current;
  3. identify costal upwelling areas on satellite images of sea surface temperature and color;
  4. identify different water masses and their sources from global distributions of temperature and salinity;
  5. interpret tidal sea level record;
  6. write a report on a Physical Oceanography topic.
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