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Physical Oceanography I

Course
Master’s level
15 credits (ECTS)
Study pace
100%
Time
Day
Location
Göteborg
Study form
Campus
Language
English
Duration
-
Application open
-
Application code
GU-11961
Tuition
Full education cost: 29 750 SEK
First payment: 29 750 SEK

No fees are charged for EU and EEA citizens, Swedish residence permit holders and exchange students.

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About

The course gives a basic introduction to the principles governing motion in the the ocean, covering scales from the smallest turbulent eddies to the world ocean circulation. Great emphasis is put on the usage of quantitative mathematical expressions for describing physical phenomena. Many problems of fluid motion demand numerical methods to be solved and the course includes computer exercises in finding numerical solutions.

The course covers the following topics: Basic properties of a fluid in motion (including the governing equations for mass-conservation, momentum and energy), coordinate-systems and effects planetary rotation, simplification of equations using dominant scales of length and time, laminar flow, processes of diffusion, vorticity, geostrophic flows, thermal wind, turbulence, effects of friction, Ekman layers and basic ocean circulation.

Prerequisites and selection

Requirements

120 credits within natural science, including at least 15 credits in mathematics (calculus and linear algebra), is required.

Selection

Selection is based upon the number of credits from previous university studies, maximum 225 credits.

For admission to the summer 2021 and onward the following selection applies: selection is based upon the number of credits from previous university studies, maximum 165 credits.