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Cursus: GEO4-1453
GEO4-1453
Introduction to Physical Oceanography
Cursus informatie
CursuscodeGEO4-1453
Studiepunten (ECTS)7,5
Categorie / NiveauM (Master)
CursustypeCursorisch onderwijs
VoertaalEngels
Aangeboden doorFaculteit Geowetenschappen; Graduate School Geowetenschappen; M Earth Sciences;
Contactpersoondr. E van Sebille
E-maile.vansebille@uu.nl
Docenten
Contactpersoon van de cursus
dr. E van Sebille
Overige cursussen docent
Blok
2  (11-11-2019 t/m 31-01-2020)
Aanvangsblok
2
TimeslotC: MA-middag/namiddag,DI-middag, DO-ochtend
Onderwijsvorm
Voltijd
Cursusinschrijving geopendvanaf 16-09-2019 08:00 t/m 29-09-2019 23:59
AanmeldingsprocedureOsiris
Inschrijven via OSIRISJa
Inschrijven voor bijvakkersJa
VoorinschrijvingNee
Na-inschrijvingJa
Na-inschrijving geopendvanaf 21-10-2019 08:00 t/m 22-10-2019 23:59
WachtlijstNee
Cursusdoelen
Please note: the information in the course manual is binding.
 
 
At the end of the course the students will have developed a generic and intuitive understanding of the physical processes responsible for the present-day ocean and shelf sea circulation.

By the end of the course, students will:
  • Have an understanding of the physical properties of the sea water
  • Have a good intuitive understanding of the physical laws that drive the ocean circulation
  • Appreciate the difficulty of measuring the ocean circulation, and how computer codes are used to simulate this circulation
  • Appreciate the role that ocean circulation plays in climate and marine ecosystems
  • Have some practical background knowledge on the geography of the different oceans, seas and their main currents
Inhoud
The course will start with describing ocean properties, such as sea level, temperature, salinity and density. Their physical relevance and practical measurement techniques will also be discussed. Impact of the earth rotation and the associated Coriolis force on the ocean circulation will be used to explain fundamental ocean phenomena such as geostrophic currents, the large-scale wind-driven ocean circulation and western boundary currents (e.g. Gulf Stream). Upper ocean processes in the mixed layer and the Ekman transport will be covered and used to explain upwelling and downwelling phenomena (water moving from depth to the surface and vice-versa). Another large scale dominant feature with impact on the vertical movement of the water, called the thermohaline circulation because it is partly driven by salt and temperature differences in different areas of the ocean will be introduced. Processes that drive large-scale climate phenomena such as El Nino-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) will also be presented. Finally, specific phenomena such as tides and gravity waves will also be introduced to explain shelf sea circulation.
 
The course includes classes, computer labs and (group) projects with a presentation.

Academic skills: Presentation, working in groups on exercises, programming in Python
Competenties
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Ingangseisen
Je moet voldoen aan de volgende eisen
  • Ingeschreven voor één van de volgende opleidingen
    • Climate Physics
    • Earth Structure and Dynamics
    • Earth Surface and Water
    • Earth, Life and Climate
    • Marine Sciences
    • Water Science and Management
  • Toelatingsbeschikking voor de master toegekend
Voorkennis
Basic physics and mathematics (BSc level).
Voorkennis kan worden opgedaan met
Taking a course in elementary calculus (covering concepts such as functions, differentiation, integration)
Bronnen van zelfstudie
Any textbook on elementary calculus. E.g. https://davidwaltham.com/mathematics-simple-tool-geologists/
Verplicht materiaal
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Aanbevolen materiaal
Literatuur
Descriptive Physical Oceanography: An Introduction (6th edition). Talley, Pickard, Emery, Swift, 2011. Elsevier
Literatuur
Introduction to Physical Oceanography, R.W. Stewart (http://www.colorado.edu/oclab/sites/default/files/attached-files/stewart_textbook.pdf)
Literatuur
Ocean Circulation, 2nd Edition, Open University
ISBN:978-0750652780
Diverse
Papers, articles and reports depending on selected case study
Werkvormen
1.Lectures

Algemeen
Class meetings will consist of lectures, presentations and discussion.

Voorbereiding bijeenkomsten
Go through the slides and read the corresponding literature as indicated on blackboard.

2.Tutorials

Voorbereiding bijeenkomsten
Read the corresponding literature as indicated on blackboard.

Bijdrage aan groepswerk
Towards the end of the course, students will give a class presentation, in small groups, where they apply the general theory as covered in class to a case study of one specific ocean basin.

3.Computer practicals (Python)

Toetsen
Eindresultaat
Weging100
Minimum cijfer-

Beoordeling
The final result is based on: a) Reports of computer labs (30%), b) Class presentation of case study (20%) and a final written exam (50%)

Aspecten van academische vorming
Academisch denken, werken en handelen
Bestuderen en analyseren van informatie
Samenwerken met anderen, werken in teamverband
Numerieke vaardigheden
Materiaal / data analyseren en verwerken
Rapporteren over onderzoek - mondeling
Beheersen van methoden en technieken

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