May 23, 2018  
2017 - 2018 Graduate Catalog 
    
2017 - 2018 Graduate Catalog

MSCI 501A - Fundamentals of Marine Science, Physical Oceanography


Spring (2) Gong

This course provides an introduction to the various types and scales of motion in the ocean, the global heat budget, major water masses, and processes controlling distributions of temperature and salinity. Discussions on phenomena associated with water motion will include global circulation, wind-driven circulation in ocean basins, tides, coastal upwelling, storm surge, waves, turbulence, and circulation in estuaries. Underlying dynamics governing water motion will be presented, elucidating the role of the rotation of the earth. The El Nino/La Nina oscillation will be examined as a key example of large-scale ocean-atmosphere interactions.