PS 230

PS 230 Geophysical Fluid Dynamics (3 units)

This course involves a discussion of the basic concepts of geophysical fluids. The topics covered are dynamical equations in rotating coordinate systems, beta plane approximation, irrotational and non-divergent flows, Boussinesq and quasi-geotrophic approximations, vorticity and divergence equations, and potential vorticity theorem.

Prerequisite: none

Cushman-Roisin, Benoit, Introduction to Geophysical Fluid Dynamics, Prentice Hall, 1994.
Dutton, J. A., Dynamics of Atmospheric Motion, New York: Dover Publications, Inc.
Pedlosky, Joseph, Geophysical Fluid Dynamics 2nd/Rep Ed., Springer Verlag, 1992.
Scorer, R. S., Dynamics of Meteorology and Climate, John Wiley & Sons.