GEO4960 – The General Circulation of the Oceans
Changes in the course due to coronavirus
Autumn 2020 the exams of most courses at the MN Faculty will be conducted as digital home exams or oral exams, using the normal grading scale. The semester page for your course will be updated with any changes in the form of examination.
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 admitted at UiO must apply for courses in Studentweb. Students enrolled in other Master's Degree Programmes can, on application, be admitted to the course if this is cleared by their own study programme.
Nordic citizens and applicants residing in the Nordic countries may apply to take this course as a single course student.
If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures for international applicants.
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 of lectures per week. Students are expected to participate actively in discussions.
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 Students who fail to meet are considered to have withdrawn from the course unless they have previously given notice to the Student administration (firstname.lastname@example.org).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 count for a total of 25% towards the final grade.
- An oral presentation counts for 25% towards the final grade.
- A final oral examination counts for 50% towards the final grade.
- All parts must be passed separately in order to pass the course.
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 1 of the 3 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.