2023-2024 / OCEA0071-1

Geophysical fluid dynamics - part 1


30h Th, 15h Pr

Number of credits

 Master of Science (MSc) in Engineering Physics5 crédits 
 Master in oceanography (120 ECTS)5 crédits 
 Master in space sciences (120 ECTS)6 crédits 


Jean-Marie Beckers

Language(s) of instruction

English language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the second semester


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

Introduction to Geophysical Fluid Dynamics: Physical and Numerical Aspects, Benoit Cushman-Roisin, Jean-Marie Beckers, Academic Press, 2011 »
Introduction (1.1-1.7) Elements of Fluid Mechanics (A.1, 2.1, 2.2) Equations of Fluid Motion Equations governing geophysical Flows (3.1-3.6, 4.1-4.5) Geostrophic flows and vorticity dynamics (7.1-7.4) Ekman Layers (8.2-8.3) Barotropic Waves (9.1-9.6) Barotropic Instability (10.1-10.4) Stratification and Layered Models (11.2, 12.1-12.4) Internal Waves (13.1-13.3) Turbulence in stratified fluids (14.1-14.4) Dynamics of stratified rotating fluids (15.1-15.4) Quasi-geostrophic Dynamics (16.1-16.4) Baroclinic instability (17.3-17.4) Sverdrup Dynamics (20.2) Abyssal Circulation (20.5) Equatorial Dynamics (21.1-21.3)

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

Basic knowledge in GFD, analysis of observations in terms of dynamic balances

This course contributes to the learning outcomes I.1, I.2, II.1, II.2, III.1, III.2, III.2, VI.1 of the MSc in engineering physics.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Basic knowledge in continuum mechanics, be at ease with mathematics of differential equations (ordinary and partial)

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

face to fac

Recommended or required readings

Any session :

- In-person

oral exam

- Remote

oral exam

- If evaluation in "hybrid"

preferred in-person

Additional information:

Oral exam based on list of questions

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course



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