AOSC 432- Dynamics of the Atmosphere and Ocean


  • MATH 241
  • MATH 246
  • PHYS 260 or PHYS 270


Equations of motion and their approximation, scale analysis for the atmosphere and the ocean. Conservation properties. Fluid motion in the atmosphere and oceans. Circulation and vorticity, geostrophic motion and the gradient wind balance. Turbulence and Ekman Layers. Kinematics, balanced and unbalanced flows, vorticity and potential vorticity, and introduction to the boundary layer and numerical weather prediction. Ocean currents and tides.