GEO4960 – The General Circulation of the Oceans

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Course content

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.

Learning outcome

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

Overlapping courses

Teaching

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 Students who fail to meet, are considered to have withdrawn from the course unless they have previously given notice to the Student administration (studieinfo@geo.uio.no).

We reserve the right to change the teaching form and examination of the course in semesters where 5 or fewer students have been admitted.

Examination

  • 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: 

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

Language of examination

You may write your examination paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

Grading scale

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.

Special examination arrangements, use of sources, explanations and appeals

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Last updated from FS (Common Student System) Jan. 26, 2020 3:16:43 PM

Facts about this course

Credits
10
Level
Master
Teaching
Spring
Examination
Spring
Teaching language
English