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Crediti: 6
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Tipo: A scelta dello studente
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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: 
2019/2020
Anno di corso: 
1
Anno accademico di erogazione: 
2019/2020
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

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.

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 and waves. In the laboratory sessions, experiments and problems will be presented to better visualise and understand the main topics of the course.

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.

Labortatory sessions: Geophysical fluid dynamical experiments. Oceanographic problem solving.

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

Lab