PHYS319-21S2 (C) Semester Two 2021

Atmospheric, Oceanic and Climate Dynamics

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 19 July 2021
End Date: Sunday, 14 November 2021
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 1 August 2021
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 1 October 2021


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 2021

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 15:00 - 16:00 Jack Erskine 315
19 Jul - 29 Aug
13 Sep - 24 Oct
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 09:00 - 10:00 Jack Erskine 441
19 Jul - 29 Aug
13 Sep - 24 Oct
Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 14:00 - 15:00 Jack Erskine 010 Computer Lab (22/7-26/8, 16/9-14/10)
A8 Lecture Theatre (21/10)
19 Jul - 29 Aug
13 Sep - 24 Oct

Course Coordinator

Adrian McDonald


Laura Revell and Adrian McDonald

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $910.00

International fee $4,438.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, 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 .

All PHYS319 Occurrences

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