MSMS 5050 Physical Oceanography

(M) Masters
(OS) Halmos Coll of Nat Sci & Ocn
(OMES) OS - Marine & Environ Sciences
3 credits

This course is intended to give students a view to how wind, radiation, gravity, friction, and the Earth's rotation determine the ocean's temperature and salinity patterns and currents. Some important process we will study include heat budget of the oceans, exchange of heat with the atmosphere and the role of the ocean in climate, surface mixed layer, waves in the ocean, geostrophy, Ekman transport, upwelling, Rossby waves, subtropical gyres, western and eastern boundary currents. Students will learn how to explain physical features of the ocean ranging from microscopic turbulence to global circulation. (Description Last Updated: Fall 2017 (201820))

Learning Outcomes

    Students will learn: • how wind, radiation, gravity, friction, and the Earth's rotation determine the ocean's temperature and salinity patterns and currents • the complex nature of the relationships between oceanic and atmospheric processes • how physical processes may influence marine organisms. At the end of the course, students will be able to effectively communicate the subject of this course, including terminology and main concepts of physical oceanography.
Term CRN Dates Campus Instructor
Current Course Offerings
No courses currently scheduled
Future Course Offerings (Subject To Change)
201820 22660 08/21 - 12/10/2017 On-line Course Fujimura, Atsushi
Class Full Full

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