Syllabus MAST-806 Geophysical Fluid Dynamics
Andreas Muenchow

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Instructor: Andreas Muenchow
E-mail: muenchow at udel dot edu
Tel.: 302-831-0742
Class Time:MTF 8:00-8:55 in 105 Robinson Hall
Textbook (primary): Cushman-Roisin, B., 1994: Introduction to Geophysical Fluid Dynamics, Prentice Hall Inc., Englewood Cliffs, NJ, 322pp.
Textbook (reference): Gill, A.E., 1982: Atmosphere-Ocean Dynamics, Academic Press Inc., Orlando, FL, 662pp.
Pre-requisite: MEEG-863 and MEEG-864
Grading: 30% Final Exam, 20% mid-term exam, 40% homework problems, 10% presentations
Goal: Students shall appreciate the physical foundations of atmospheric and oceanic fluid motions on a rotating sphere from a common theoretical perspective with some reference to observations.
Development of the fundamental fluid dynamics used in analyzing flows in physical oceanography and meteorology. Fundamentals of vorticity dynamics and geostrophy, inviscid theory of Rossby waves, and Ekman boundary layers.

Scaling laws, non-dimensional parameters, and asymptotic expansions are all used to gain physical understanding from solutions to the Navier-Stokes equations in a rotating frame of reference. Immediate applications are the dynamics of weather, climate, oceans, and large lakes, however, engineering applications may relate to rapidly rotating systems with many degrees of freedom.

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