- Professor: Eli Tziperman
- Term: Fall
- Day: T, Th
- Time: 10:30-11:45AM
- School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
- Course ID: 156500
- Subject Area: Environmental Science and Engineering
Observations and fundamentals of ocean dynamics, from the role of the oceans in global climate and climate change to beach waves. Topics include the greenhouse effect, oceans and global warming; El Niño events in the equatorial Pacific Ocean; currents: the wind driven ocean circulation and the Gulf stream; coastal upwelling and fisheries; temperature, salinity, the overturning circulation and its effect on global climate stability and variability; wave motions: surface ocean waves, internal waves, tsunamis and tides; ocean observations by ships, satellites, moorings, floats and more.
A field trip to the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution on Cape Cod will be held during the course, which will be an opportunity to learn about sea-going oceanography. Software for scientific computation and graphics will be introduced (students may choose either Matlab or python), which will be used for some homework assignments.