Prerequisites: the mathematics (calculus) and physics required for admission to the graduate curriculum in the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, or consent of the instructor. Since math courses might have been taken many years ago for some students, please check this math concept link, and attend the math tutorials if you want a refresher.
The course url is http://pordlabs.ucsd.edu/ltalley/sio210. The notes and figures are background for the coursework. They are evolving and informal. They may not be used for other purposes without permission. Figures from copyrighted sources include the reference.
UCSD TritonEd site for SIO 210
Lectures
Powerpoints of the current lectures will be linked just before class; old versions will be available prior to that
Sept. 27:
Introduction, scales of motion
and Physical Properties of Seawater I
Oct. 2:
Physical Properties of Seawater II and III
(continued to Oct. 4)
Oct. 4:
Observational tools and Data analysis methods
Oct. 9:
Typical property distributions, water masses
Oct. 11:
Dynamics I Advection/Transports/Budgets
Oct. 16:
Dynamics II Equations of motion, non-rotating
Oct. 18:
Dynamics III: Rotation
Oct. 23: (Mackinnon)
Waves, tides and Mixing I (2018 material)
Oct. 25: (Mackinnon)
Waves, tides and Mixing II (2018 material)
Oct. 30:
Dynamics IV: Geostrophy and Kuroshio
Nov. 1: Mid-term (in-class) (Through Oct. 25 material)
Nov. 6:
Dynamics V: Friction, Ekman layers
and Atmospheric circulation
Nov. 8:
Dynamics VI: Potential vorticity, Rossby waves, eddies
Nov. 13:
Dynamics VII: Sverdrup balance, western boundary currents and
Pacific Ocean circulation II (gyres) and
Global upper ocean circulation (slides 1-7)
Nov. 15:
Eastern boundary currents; and Dynamics VIII: eastern boundary currents
Nov. 20:
Equatorial circulation and ENSO; and Dynamics IX: Equatorial circulation and ocean-atmosphere feedbacks
Nov. 22: Thanksgiving holiday
Nov. 27: Atlantic,
Indian upper ocean circulation;
Nov. 29:
Atlantic Ocean deep circulation; and Dynamics X: Thermohaline circulation
Dec. 4:
Southern Ocean circulation
and Global circulation
Dec. 6:
Climate and the oceans
Dec. 12: Final exam (11:30-2:30) Eckart 227
Links are live when Problem Sets are assigned
Problem sets will be assigned every 2 weeks, skipping weeks of the mid-term and paper/project due date.
Problem Set due dates: Oct. 11, Oct. 25, Nov. 20, Dec. 12
Problem Set 1, Due Oct. 11 (updated with figures)
Problem Set 1 Answer Key
Problem Set 2, due Oct. 25
Problem Set 2 Answer Key
Problem Set 3, due Nov. 20 (pdf updated Nov. 15, high res figure)
Problem Set 3 Answer Key (updated Dec. 6, 2018 with corrected problem 3)
Problem Set 4, due Dec. 12 (or turn in by Dec. 6 to have it graded before exam)
Choose between:
http://paoc.mit.edu/labguide/projects.html
The accompanying textbook is
Marshall, J. and Plumb, R. A., 2007.
Atmosphere, Ocean, and Climate Dynamics: An Introductory Text, Elsevier
Math tutorial
(click this link to look at list of math concepts):
Date and TA to be selected
Useful math link:
Wolfram MathWorld
Any basic calculus textbook is helpful. Wikipedia is surprisingly good for calculus as well.
Introductory level: