GEO4960 – The General Circulation of the Oceans
The course will give an introduction to the large-scale ocean circulation on Earth, with a principal focus on mid and high-latitude oceans. Wind-driven and buoyancy-driven circulation regimes, including their response to changes in forcing, will be discussed. The various topics will be illuminated with examples from observations, numerical simulations and theoretical models.
After finishing the course you should have an understanding of:
- Wind-driven and buoyancy-driven mid-latitude oceans
- Eddy-mean flow interactions
- The Antarctic Circumpolar Current
- Large-scale currents in the Arctic Ocean
Admission to the course
Students at UiO register for courses and exams in Studentweb.
Formal prerequisite knowledge
- GEF1100 – The Climate System (discontinued) / GEO2300 – Physical Processes in the Geosciences / or equivalent course
Recommended previous knowledge
- GEF2610 – Physical Oceanography (continued) / GEO2320 – Oceanography
- GEF3450 – Geophysical Fluid Dynamics (continued) / GEO3900 – Atmosphere Ocean Dynamics (discontinued) / GEO4900 – Atmosphere Ocean Dynamics
- 10 credits overlap with GEO9960 – The General Circulation of the Oceans.
- 10 credits overlap with GEF4660 – The General Circulation of the Oceans (continued).
- 10 credits overlap with GEF9660 – The General Circulation of the Oceans (continued).
Teaching consists of 4 hours lecture per week. Students are expected to participate actively in discussions. Two obligatory written exercises and an obligatory oral presentation will be part of the course. These must be passed in order for the student to take the final exam.
Attendance at the first lecture is compulsory. Students who fail to meet, are considered to have withdrawn from the course unless they have previously given notice to the Student administration (firstname.lastname@example.org).
We reserve the right to change the teaching form and examination of the course in semesters where 5 or fewer students have been admitted.
- Two written exercises counts for a total of 25%
- Oral presentation counts for 25%
- Final oral examination counts for 50%
- All parts must be passed individually in order to pass the course.
Withdrawal from an examination
It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt. It will also be counted as one of the three attempts to sit the exam for this course, if you sit the exam for one of the following courses:
- GEO9960 – The General Circulation of the Oceans
- GEF4660 – The General Circulation of the Oceans (continued)
- GEF9660 – The General Circulation of the Oceans (continued)
Examination support material
No examination support material is allowed.
Language of examination
You may write your examination paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.
Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.
Resit an examination
Students who can document a valid reason for absence from the regular examination are offered a postponed examination at the beginning of the next semester.
Re-scheduled examinations are not offered to students who withdraw during, or did not pass the original examination.