Geophysical Fluid Dynamics I

Course Number: 
SIO 212A
Course Description: 

The equations of motions for rotating stratified flow and their application to the atmospheric and oceanic dynamics; Ekman layer dynamics, potential vorticity dynamics, the quasigeostrophic approximation, theories of the wind-driven oceanic circulation, theories of the atmospheric Hadley circulation, geostrophic adjustment, and baroclinic instability.

Prerequisites: 
graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Number of Units: 
4