GEF4500 - Atmosphere-Ocean Dynamics
GEF4500 introduces the dynamical concepts important for synoptic (weather) scale motions in both the atmosphere and ocean. It is an obligatory first semester course in the masters program in meteorology and oceanography, and builds on basic concepts introduced in GEF2500, Geophysical Fluid Dynamics (reviewed at the beginning of the course).
The student will obtain a fundamental knowledge of:
- the quasi-geostrophic equations of motion, a simplified system applicable at synoptic scales
- the dynamical basis for the Jet Stream and the Gulf Stream, two important geophysical flows
- Rossby waves, which underly variability at large scales
- barotropic and baroclinic instability
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The examination in this course is not available for external candidates. Only students admitted to the course may sit for the examination.
Recommended previous knowledge
Overlapping courses10 credits overlap with GF224 and 10 credits overlap with GEF9500 - Atmosphere-Ocean Dynamics.
2 lectures/week, 1 group session, 5-6 problem sets. The problem sets are obligatory and must be completed prior to the final exam.
Midterm exam (written or oral, depending on the number of students) for 33% of the final grade, final exam (written) for 67% of the final grade.
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