Atmospheric, Oceanic and Climate Dynamics

15 points

Not offered 2020, offered in 2015, 2018, 2019

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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 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
PHYS202 or
PHYS203; (2) MATH103 or
MATH109 or
EMTH119 or
MATH201. RP: MATH202


PHYS316, PHYS418, PHYS446, PHYS319

Recommended Preparation