NFYK16011U Research Topics in Physical Oceanography
MSc Programme in Physics
We will apply classical physics to the problem of ocean circulation. The lectures will take place during the first 2 weeks of August (30.7 – 12.8.2017) on the island of Bornoe, approx. 100 km north of Gothenburg. Additional students and lecturers will join from the Universities of Hamburg, Oslo and Stockholm. The goal is to develop an in-depth understanding of current research topics related to the structure of the time mean ocean circulation. The focus for 2017 will be 'Topographic planetary waves and the establishment of the abyssal ocean circulation.'
Parallel to the lectures there will be practical exercises during which we develop our own ocean model in Matlab. This numerical model will then be used to verify the analytical results arrived at during the lectures.
The students will prepare with the relevant literature before the summer school and hand in a written report on their research topic a week after return from Bornoe.
The student can:
- write down the equations governing ocean dynamics
- explain the effect of rotating frames of reference
- explain how planetary waves establish the steady circulation
- can distinguish and explain the various kinds of waves in the ocean
- knows the basic dynamic regimes of the ocean
- can explain the current challenges in theoretical oceanography
- knows how climate signals are transmitted in the ocean
The student can:
- translate a physical problem into mathematical formalism
- … and both into a numerical model
The book we will use is "Waves in Atmosphere and Ocean", Pedlosky, Springer 2003
Furthermore you are expected to have physics B.Sc. courses corresponding to Mechanics 1+2, Thermodynamics, MatIntro, LinAlg & MatF.
Basic Matlab skills.
- 7,5 ECTS
- Type of assessment
- Oral examination, 30 minutesOral exam, 30 minutes without preparation.
- All aids allowed
- Marking scale
- passed/not passed
- Censorship form
- No external censorship
More internal examiners.
Same as ordinary exam.
Criteria for exam assesment
See learning outcome.
- Theory exercises
- Practical exercises