ErSE 201 Geophysical Fluid Dynamics I

Prerequisite: Basic knowledge of general principles of fluid dynamics and thermodynamics. Introductory description of the Earth's climate system, governing equations of mass and momentum conservation, equation of state, thermodynamic equation, wave kinematics, dispersion, group velocity, sound waves, gravity waves, effect of rotation, equations of motion in spherical coordinates, primitive equations, Boussinesq approximation, changing vertical coordinate, asymptotic analysis and scaling, geostrophic balance, thermal wind, static instability, boundary layers in atmosphere and ocean.