PHYS419-18S2 (C) Semester Two 2018

Atmospheric, Oceanic and Climate Dynamics

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 16 July 2018
End Date: Sunday, 18 November 2018
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 27 July 2018
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 12 October 2018


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

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Adrian McDonald


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
MATLAB assignments 5% Two MATLAB based assignments. 2.5% each
Final Exam 40%
Oral Presentation and Exam 15%
Debate 10%
Group Modelling Project 20%
Informal weekly quizzes 10%

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,013.00

* 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 departments and faculties page .

All PHYS419 Occurrences

  • PHYS419-18S2 (C) Semester Two 2018