MAR542 - Fall 2012
Fundamentals of Atmosphere and Ocean Dynamics
Tu/Th 11:30 am-12:50 pm
Endeavour 158

This course serves as an introduction to atmosphere and ocean dynamics. It is required of first-year atmospheric science graduate students, and it is recommended for first-year physical oceanography students. It assumes a working knowledge of differential and integral calculus, including partial derivatives and simple differential equations. Its purpose is to prepare students in atmospheric sciences and physical oceanography to move onto more advanced courses in these areas, as well as to acquaint each other with some fundamental aspects of dynamics applied to geophysical fluids outside your area of specialization. It is anticipated that the entire book will be covered. The chapter contents of this text are as follows, but some other topics will also be covered.


Prof. Marat Khairoutdinov

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Atmosphere, Ocean, and Climate Dynamics: An Introductory Text By John R. Marshall and R. Alan Plumb, Academic Press 2008


30% for homework, 40% for 2 mid-term exams, 30% final exam.  Final grading will be based on the average of the three section scores.  


1.    Characteristics of the atmosphere
2.    The global energy balance
3.    The vertical structure of the atmosphere
4.    Convection
5.    The meridional structure of the atmosphere
6.    The equations of fluid motion
7.    Balanced flow
8.    The general circulation of the atmosphere
9.    The ocean and its circulation
10.    The wind-driven circulation
11.    The thermohaline circulation of the ocean
12.    Climate and climate variability


Class materials

Energy Balance
Surface Balance

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