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DEN 314E - Oceanography

Course Objectives

1. To learn about the general physical aspects of the oceans and physical properties of sea water,
2. To understand the applications of the continuity and momentum equations to the ocean currents,
3. To learn the calculations of water, salt and heat budgets for the oceans,
4. To be able to carry out calculations about the Coriolis acceleration, geostrophic flow,
5. To understand the wave motions in sea and make basic wave calculations.

Course Description

Ocean dimensions, shapes and bottom materials. Physical properties of sea water. Density calculations by using tables. Continuity equation and its applications. Concept of stability and its application. Water, salt and heat budgets of the oceans. Conservation of volume and salt. Heat budget. The equation of motion in oceanography. The Coriolis acceleration. Currents without friction: Geostrophic flow. Currents with friction: Wind-driven circulation. Surface waves, linear wave theory, dispersion relation. Wave energy, energy flux, ray theory.

Course Coordinator
Serdar Beji
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