12.802: Small-scale ocean dynamics

Fundamental principles of geophysical fluid dynamics will be applied to study oceanic motions on scales from hundreds of kilometers down to centimeters. Topics will include wave motions, instabilities and turbulence.

  • Syllabus
  • Virtual machine for problems sets (1.5GB)
  • Topics
    1. Waves -- using surface gravity waves as an example.
    2. General linearized waves in rotating stratified fluid
    3. Internal gravity waves
    4. Boundaries, topography, and tides
    5. Instabilities
    6. Turbulence
    7. Upwelling and River plumes
    8. Problem Sets