Earth SciencesEART 172 Geophysical Fluid Dynamics

Introduces fluid motion influenced by rotation. Topics include the Coriolis force, geostrophic flow, potential vorticity, the shallow water model, quasigeostrophic approximation, planetary waves, Ekman theory, thermal wind, models of the large-scale oceanic and atmospheric circulation, and equatorial dynamics. Taught in conjunction with course 272. Students cannot receive credit for this course and course 272.

Requirements

Prerequisite(s): PHYS 107 or AM 107; MATH 22 or MATH 23B recommended.

Credits

5

Quarter offered

Spring

Instructor

Christopher Edwards

Also offered as

OCEA 172

Requirements

Prerequisite(s): PHYS 107; MATH 22 or MATH 23B recommended.