Fall 2016
Instructor: Lisa Beal
Time:        Tuesday & Thursday
                 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Location:   SLAB 120
 
 
Course Overview
Application of the laws of physics to the study of the properties and circulation of the world’s oceans. Physical description of the sea; physical properties of sea water; forcing and the equations of motion; boundary processes; waves; thermohaline circulation; variability; instrumentation and observation.
 
Prerequisites: the mathematics and physics required for admission to the graduate curriculum at RSMAS, or consent of the instructor. It will be assumed that you know Newton’s 3 Laws, linear and angular momentum conservation, derivatives and partial derivatives, integrals, scalars and vectors, gradient, divergence, and curl.
 
The course url is www.rsmas.miami.edu/personal/lbeal/MPO603. The syllabus is outlined here with links to PowerPoint presentations and notes if they are available (presentations may be updated after class).
 
Course requirements: Two graded exams, midterm (25%) and final (50%); One written report/project (25%). Study questions are provided throughout the course, but will not be graded. However, students will be chosen at random in class to show their solutions, or lead discussions of the study questions. Click here for details of the project.

Course Outline
Note: Links will be made available and/or updated as lectures are given.

Lecture 15: Western Intensification (RS11,PP9,OU4)
Lecture 16: The Agulhas Current - a case study of a Western Boundary Current
 
 
Recommended Books
  1. Introduction to Physical Oceanography by Robert Stewart (RS). This is an online text, which includes a printable PDF and cover. The PDF version is September 2008. The HTML version has some errors (information from R. Stewart), but may be updated more often.
  2. Descriptive Physical Oceanography: An Introduction by Lynne Talley et al. (LT). New text in 2014. On reserve at RSMAS library.
  3. Introduction to Physical Oceanography by John Knauss (JK). On reserve in library and stocked at UM bookshop.

 
Other Books and Further Reading
  1. Introductory Dynamical Oceanography by Pond and Pickard (referred to as PP in notes).
  2. Ocean Circulation by Open University team (OU)
  3. Atmosphere-Ocean Dynamics by Adrian Gill.