MarS 235 Oceanography



This course provides an introduction to oceanography and includes the following topics: Ocean basins, major currents and water property distributions; properties of seawater: equation of state, temperature and salinity analysis; basic dynamical ideas: hydrostatic balance, Coriolis force, geostrophy, turbulence; forcing of the ocean: solar radiation, winds, heat and freshwater fluxes; Ekman transport; the observed ocean: major currents, gyres, meridional overturning, eddies, sill flows, upwelling, monsoons, equatorial motions, El Niño, marginal seas; time dependence: inertial oscillations, long gravity waves, Rossby waves; tides: astronomical forcing, basin modes, local resonances, tidal mixing.
Course period09/1/13 → …
Course level200