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Craig M Lee
OCEAN 515
Seattle Campus

Ocean Circulation: Observations

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.

Class description

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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The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Craig M Lee
Date: 12/28/2012