ERSC305 Ocean and Atmospheric Dynamics (3 semester hours)

This course will explore the fluid mechanical principles guiding the atmosphere and ocean on a global scale. We will examine the inherit variables in the equations of motion, hydrostatic equations, and balanced flow principles. An examination of the atmospheric general circulation will be discussed including vertical and horizontal structure of temperature, pressure and density as well as a discussion on the dynamics of convection. Ocean dynamics will be discussed including the air--ocean interaction, thermohaline circulation and ocean heat budget and transport. (Prerequisite: ERSC206)