Advanced Ocean Dynamics
- ECTS credits5
- Teaching semesterAutumn
- Course codeGEOF339
- Number of semesters1
- LanguageEnglish, Norwegian if only Norwegian students
Enrolment to this course is based on application. Application deadline is Thursday in week 33 for the autumn semester. Please, see this page for more information: https://www.uib.no/en/matnat/53431/admission-courses-limited-capacity
Objectives and Content
The course aims to present advanced topics of the large-scale and mesoscale ocean circulation, based on the governing equations in geophysical fluid dynamics.
With reference to the quasi-geostrophic equations as mathematical platform, the course covers Rossby waves, barotropic - and baroclinic instability, the large-scale circulation with theories of wind-driven flows in mid- and high-latitude ocean as Sverdrup- and Stommel theory, and stratification effects like upwelling and down welling. Simple theories of the buoyancy-driven large-scale circulation as well as dynamic modes and eddyinduced advection, will be covered.
On completion of the course the student should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:
- has a good understanding of the basic principles of large scale motion on a rotating planet
- understand the governing equations on various phenomena in geophysical fluid dynamics
- understand the quasi-geostrophic dynamics
- understand classical instability theories
- understand the large scale wind driven ocean dynamics and classical theories
- is able to derive the quasi-geostrophic equations, and discuss barotropic and baroclinic Rossby wave solutions
- is able to derive various solutions for the wind-driven ocean circulation, including upwelling and downwelling
- is able to discuss simplified models of the buoyancy-driven ocean circulation
- is able to derive and discuss QG integral constraints for barotropic and baroclinic instability
- can discuss basic governing equation in dynamical oceanography
- can derive, scale and simplify the governing equations
- can solve dynamical problems in the ocean
- can present and discuss advanced topics in meso- and large scale dynamical oceanography
Required Previous Knowledge
Bachelor's degree in Climate, Atmosphere and Ocean Physics or Bachelor in mathematics, physics or meteorology/oceanography
Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap
GEOF330: 5 ECTS
Access to the Course
Access to the course requires admission to a master's programme at The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences
Teaching and learning methods
The teaching method will be one lecture of 2 hours per week
Compulsory Assignments and Attendance
Regular attendance of the course exercise including presentation of own solutions. Compulsory assignments and attendance are valid for the actual and subsequent semester.
Forms of Assessment
Written exam, 4 hours
Examination Support Material
The grading scale used is A to F. Grade A is the highest passing grade in the grading scale, grade F is a fail.
Examination both spring semester and autumn semester. In semesters without teaching the examination will be arranged at the beginning of the semester.
The reading list will be available within June 1st for the autumn semester and January 1st for the spring semester.
The course will be evaluated by the students in accordance with the quality assurance system at UiB and the department.
The Programme Committee is responsible for the content, structure and quality of the study programme and courses.
For written exams, please note that the start time may change from 09:00 to 15:00 or vice versa until 14 days prior to the exam.
Type of assessment: Written examination
- Withdrawal deadline
- Examination system
- Digital exam