2023-2024 / OCEA0072-1

Geophysical fluid dynamics - part 2


30h Th, 15h Pr

Number of credits

 Master in space sciences (120 ECTS)5 crédits 


Jean-Marie Beckers

Language(s) of instruction

English language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January


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 »
Theory of surface waves (including nonlinearities, shear stress, stokes transport, solitons) Geostrophic turbulence, zonal structuration (18.1-18.3) Large scale waves revisited (refraction and reflection, 16.5) Shelf waves Atmospheric circulation (19.1-19.3) Atmospheric frontogenesis (15.5) Internal wave with turning points (13.4)  

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

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

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Basic knowledge in continuum mechanics, be at ease with mathematics of differential equations (ordinary and partial)
OCEA0071 should have been followed

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

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

face to fac

Recommended or required readings

Oral exam based on list of questions

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course



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