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Fall 2011-2012
* GEO 425 / MAE 425   na, npdf

Introduction to Physical Oceanography

Samuel G. Philander
Gabriel A. Vecchi

The study of the oceans as a major influence on the atmosphere and the world environment. The contrasts between the properties of the upper and deep oceans; the effects of stratification; the effect of rotation; the wind-driven gyres; the thermohaline circulation.

Sample reading list:
Pond & Pickard, Introductory Dynamical Oceanography, 2nd ed.
Pickard & Emery, Descriptive Physical Oceanography: An Introduction
Open University Course Team, Ocean Circulation (2001)
Open University Course Team, Waves, tides, and Shallow-Water Processes

Reading/Writing assignments:
Three to four problems every two weeks.

Requirements/Grading:
Mid Term Exam - 20%
Take Home Final Exam - 40%
Problem set(s) - 40%

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
MAT 202.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
20511 L01 10:00 am - 10:50 am M W F   Guyot Hall   154   Enrolled:8 Limit:30