ENVIRON 770A. Physical Oceanography

Instructor: Credit:
3 credit hours
Course Travel?:

one year of calculus and one year of physics, or permission of instructor.

Fundamental physical principles of ocean circulation. Physical properties of seawater; forces acting on the ocean such as heat, pressure gradients, wind stress, rotation, and friction; and conservation equations for heat, mass and momentum. Applications include geostrophic balances, thermal wind, coastally trapped waves, El Nino/ENSO, and tidal circulation. (Given at Beaufort.)