Craig M Lee
Modern large- and mesoscale ocean observations, interpreted in terms of contemporary circulation theories. Spectrum of temporal variability; eddies and eddy fluxes; ventilation; advection and diffusion in the abyss; transports of heat and salt; climatic scale of variability; modern methods for determining circulation. Prerequisite: OCEAN 510 or permission of instructor. Offered: Sp.
Ocean 515 focuses on the observational basis that underlies our understanding of ocean circulation. Course activities involve focused readings from the historical and contemporary literature, summarized by student presentations and student-led discussions. A broad range of topics will be offered, including the physics of large-scale circulation, mixing, submesoscale dynamics and ocean-ice sheet interactions.
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