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# Advanced Ocean Dynamics

Language

English

Course format On-site
Date 2020-08-18 - 2020-12-10

#### Objectives and Content

Objectives:

The course aims to present advanced topics of the large-scale and mesoscale ocean circulation, based on the governing equations in geophysical fluid dynamics.

Contents:

With reference to the quasi-geostrophic equations as mathematical platform, the course covers Rossby waves, barotropic - and baroclinic instability, the large-scale circulation with theories of wind-driven flows in mid- and high-latitude ocean as Sverdrup- and Stommel theory, and stratification effects like upwelling and down welling. Simple theories of the buoyancy-driven large-scale circulation as well as dynamic modes and eddyinduced advection, will be covered.

## Prerequisites

Bachelor's degree in Climate, Atmosphere and Ocean Physics or Bachelor in mathematics, physics or meteorology/oceanography

##### Recommended Previous Knowledge

GEOF110 and GEOF213, or equivalent

## Learning outcomes

On completion of the course the student should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:

Knowledge

The student

• has a good understanding of the basic principles of large scale motion on a rotating planet
• understand the governing equations on various phenomena in geophysical fluid dynamics
• understand the quasi-geostrophic dynamics
• understand classical instability theories
• understand the large scale wind driven ocean dynamics and classical theories

Skills

The student

• is able to derive the quasi-geostrophic equations, and discuss barotropic and baroclinic Rossby wave solutions
• is able to derive various solutions for the wind-driven ocean circulation, including upwelling and downwelling
• is able to discuss simplified models of the buoyancy-driven ocean circulation
• is able to derive and discuss QG integral constraints for barotropic and baroclinic instability

General competence

The student

• can discuss basic governing equation in dynamical oceanography
• can derive, scale and simplify the governing equations
• can solve dynamical problems in the ocean
• can present and discuss advanced topics in meso- and large scale dynamical oceanography

## ISCED Categories

Physical and chemical oceanography