PHYS319-19S2 (C) Semester Two 2019

Atmospheric, Oceanic and Climate Dynamics

15 points
15 Jul 2019 - 10 Nov 2019


Principles of the dynamics of a rotating fluid applied to large-scale motion of the Earth's atmosphere, oceans and climate will be detailed. The first portion of the course will focus on atmospheric thermodynamics and large-scale dynamics in the atmosphere. Details of the global energy balance driving the observed general circulation of the atmosphere and the impacts of variations in atmospheric composition (changes in greenhouse gases) and solar irradiance on this energy balance and climate change will be discussed. The latter section of this course will examine ocean dynamics and their linkages to atmospheric circulations, the El Niño Southern oscillation will be used as an example of atmosphere-ocean linkages in this discussion.


(1) PHYS201 or PHYS205; (2) PHYS202 or PHYS203 or PHYS206 (3) MATH103 or EMTH119 or MATH201. RP: MATH202


PHYS316, PHYS418, PHYS419

Recommended Preparation

Timetable 2019

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 09:00 - 10:00 West 701 15 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 16:00 - 17:00 West 701 15 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct
Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 09:00 - 10:00 Ernest Rutherford 313 Physics Lab 15 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct

Course Coordinator

Adrian McDonald


Laura Revell

Course links

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Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $883.00

International fee $4,000.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

Minimum enrolments

This course will not be offered if fewer than 10 people apply to enrol.

For further information see School of Physical & Chemical Sciences on the department and colleges page.

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