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://sam.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 Canvas Site for SIOC 210
Lectures
Powerpoints of the current lectures will be linked just before class; old versions will be available prior to that
Sept. 26:
Introduction, scales of motion
Oct. 1:
Physical Properties of Seawater I
Oct. 3:
Physical Properties of Seawater II
Oct. 8:
Observational tools and Data analysis methods
Oct. 10:
Typical property distributions, water masses
Oct. 15:
Dynamics I Advection/Transports/Budgets
Oct. 17:
Dynamics II Equations of motion, non-rotating
Oct. 22:
Dynamics III: Rotation
Oct. 24:
Dynamics IV: Geostrophy and Kuroshio
Oct. 29:
Dynamics V: Friction, Ekman layers
and Atmospheric circulation
Oct. 31: Mid-term (in-class) (Through Oct. 23 material)
Nov. 5:
Dynamics VI: Potential vorticity, Rossby waves, eddies (S. Purkey, instructor)
Nov. 7:
Dynamics VII: Sverdrup balance, western boundary currents
(S. Purkey, instructor)
Nov. 12
Finish wind-driven circulation: Pacific Ocean circulation II (gyres) and
Global upper ocean circulation (slides 1-7)
Nov. 14:
Waves and Tides
Nov. 19:
Eastern boundary currents; and Dynamics VIII: eastern boundary currents
and start
Equatorial circulation and ENSO; and Dynamics IX: Equatorial circulation and ocean-atmosphere feedbacks
Nov. 21: Atlantic,
Indian upper ocean circulation;
Nov. 26:
Atlantic Ocean deep circulation; and Dynamics X: Thermohaline circulation
Nov. 28: Thanksgiving holiday
Dec. 3:
Southern Ocean circulation
and Global circulation
Dec. 5:
Climate and the oceans
Dec. 11: 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. 10, Oct. 24, Nov. 19, Dec. 5
Problem Set 1, Due Oct. 10
Problem Set 1 Answer Key
Problem Set 2, due Oct. 24
Problem Set 2 Answer Key
SIO210_ProblemSet3_preliminary_24oct2019_answerkey.pdf for use in studying for mid-term
Problem Set 3, due Nov. 21
Problem Set 3 Answer Key
Problem Set 4, due Dec. 6 (or 11)
Choose between:
http://weathertank.mit.edu/
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):
Tuesday 4-5, Eckart 227
Useful math link:
Wolfram MathWorld
Any basic calculus textbook is helpful. Wikipedia is surprisingly good for calculus as well.
Introductory level:
More advanced dynamical treatments: