AOSC 432: Dynamics of Atmosphere and Ocean

Spring 2014

Course Description:

Fundamental characteritsics and governing processe of atmosphere, ocean, and coupled-system, based on the physical princuples: equations of motion and their approximation, scale analysis, balanced and unbalnced components, conservation properties, horizontal and veritical structures, interaction among elements, prominent variability.

Textbook:

Recommended

Suggested

Prerequisite/Corequisite and Credits:

Prerequisite: AOSC431. Corequisite: MATH246. | |

3 semester hours. Credit will be granted for only one of the following: AOSC432, METO432, or AOSC632. |

Schedule [Tentative]:

Weekly

9:30am-10:45am | TuTh | [CSS 2416] | Class | |

9:30am-10:45am | W | [CSS 3403] | Office hour |

Midterm Exam

13 March 2014 | [CSS 2416] | In class & open book |

Final Exam

16 May 2014 | F | [CSS 2416] | In class & open book: accoridng to the UMD final exam schedule |

Grading & Policy :

Grading based on: Homework 40%+ Mid-Term 25%+ Final 35%; additional points given to active in class participation. | ||

Homework | ||

No late homework will be accepted without prior arrangement. Late homework may be accepted with reduced points up to 2 times at reduced points [Same day by 5pm - 70% ; Next day by 5pm - 30%] |
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Use of external references should be cited. | ||

Students may study together and discuss problems and methods of solution with each other to improve understanding in a general way. | ||

Students are responsible for checking the UMD Honor code | ||

(http://www.shc.umd.edu/SHC/Default.aspx#) |

Course Outline:

1. | Introduction | |

2. | Background: Earth System | |

3. | Review: Mathematical Concepts and Techniques | |

4. | Fluid Dynamics | |

5. | System of Geophysical Fluids | |

6. | Balance Relation | |

7. | Diagnostics | |

8. | Quasi-Geosptrophic System | |

9. | General Circulation of Atmosphere | |

10. | General Circulation of Ocean | |

11. | Coupled Ocean-Atmosphere Dynamics |

Kayo Ide at UMD | AOSC 432 | Spring 2014 |