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Fall 2011-2012
AOS 571  

Introduction to Geophysical Fluid Dynamics

Stephen T. Garner
Geoffrey K. Vallis

Physical principles fundamental to the theoretical, observational, and experimental study of the atmosphere and oceans. The equations of motion for rotating fluids. Hydrostatic and geostrophic balance. Conservation of potential vorticity. Introduction to quasi-geostrophic theory and baroclinic instability. Geophysical boundary layers. Rossby and gravity waves.

Sample reading list:
Holton, Intro to Dynamic Meterology (Academic Press)
Gill, Dynamics of Atmospheres and Oceans
Pedlosky, Geophysical Fluid Dynamics

Other Requirements:
Not Open to Freshmen.

Other information:
Knowledge of advanced calculus, including ordinary and partial differential equations required. Assignments: Problem sets, midterm, and final exam.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
20484 L01 10:00 am - 11:30 am T Th        Enrolled:9 Limit: