Anno di corso: 1

Anno di corso: 2

Crediti: 6
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Tipo: A scelta dello studente
Crediti: 6
Tipo: A scelta dello studente
Crediti: 12
Tipo: A scelta dello studente
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Tipo: Lingua/Prova Finale
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Tipo: Altro

PHYSICS OF THE SEA

Scheda dell'insegnamento

Anno accademico di regolamento: 
2018/2019
Anno di corso: 
1
Anno accademico di erogazione: 
2018/2019
Tipo di attività: 
Obbligatorio
Lingua: 
Inglese
Crediti: 
6
Ciclo: 
Primo Semestre
Ore di attivita' didattica: 
47

Moduli

Metodi di valutazione

Modalita' di verifica dell'apprendimento: 

Assessment method

Oral exam: candidates will be asked questions regarding the topics discussed in class (75% of the final grade).

Computing project: the active presence and the performance during the lab sessions will be evaluated (25% of final grade).

Valutazione: 
Voto Finale

Obiettivi formativi

Aims

Provide basic knowledge of the physics of the oceans. Show the usefulness of mathematical and physical models for the description and the understanding of geophysical fluid dynamics. Provide basic knowledge of oceanographic data formats and processing and visualization tools (netcdf files, Matlab scripts).

Contenuti

Contents

In the first part of the course fundamental physical properties of the ocean will be introduced. The second part will be basic geophysical fluid dynamics, with the discussion of solutions to approximations relevant for the description of the ocean circulation. Observational data analysis through the Matlab program will be performed in the laboratory.

Programma esteso

Detailed program

Ocean Physics: Light and sound propagation. Temperature and salinity. Equation of state. Stratification. Tracer distribution. Heat fluxes. Water masses. T-S diagrams.

Oceanic Dynamics: Navier-Stokes equation. Mass conservation. Hydrostatic approximation. Geostrophic. Thermal wind equation. Vorticiity. Boundary layer. Large scale circulation and winds. Subtropical and subpolar gyres. Western boundary currents. Gravity waves. Rossby and Kelvin waves. Turbulent fluxes.

Ocean data analysis: Introduction to ocean databases, use of netcdf files through the software program Matlab, introduction to spatio-temporal data analysis, visualization of ocean maps.

Bibliografia consigliata

Textbook and teaching resource

Stewart, “Introduction to Physical Oceanography”, freely available on line.

Marshall and Plumb “Atmosphere, Ocean, and Climate Dynamics”, Academic Press (2008)

Vallis “Atmospheric and Oceanic Fluid Dynamics”, Cambridge UNiv. Press (2006)

Metodi didattici

Teaching form

Frontal lecture

Computer lab