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October 14, 2022

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Description

Observational physical oceanography includes topics such as the physical description of the sea,

the physical properties of seawater, methods and measurements, wind-driven ocean circulation, abyssal ocean circulation, boundary processes, and wave motions.

Course Curriculum

  • Some Physical Properties of Sea Water Unlimited
  • Rotation 101: Some Basics Unlimited
  • Rotation 101 (cont.): Effects of Rotation on a Sphere: f- and β-planes Unlimited
  • Earth’s Gravity Field and Sea Level Unlimited
  • Ekman layers, Friction and Geostrophic Flow Unlimited
  • Wind-Driven Circulation: Stommel’s Gyre and Sverdrup’s Balance Unlimited
  • Stress in the Ocean Unlimited
  • Observations of the Gulf Stream in the N. Atlantic Unlimited
  • Global Hydrographic Climatology Unlimited
  • Equatorial Twists to Mid-Latitude Dynamics Unlimited
  • The Large Scale Thermohaline Circulation: Some Thermodynamics Unlimited
  • The Thermohaline Circulation Unlimited
  • Another Wrinkle on Observations of the Abyssal Ocean: Geothermal Heating and Hydrothermal Vents Unlimited
  • Tidal Forces Unlimited
  • Introduction to “Waves” and Time Dependent Motion Unlimited
  • Internal Waves Unlimited

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