AOSC 432: Dynamics of Atmosphere and Ocean
2017 Spring
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 prominent elements leading to nonlinear weather and oceancic dynamics .
Kayo Ide ide (at)
Kelsey Malloy kmalloy (at) [ATL 4365]
Atmosphere, Ocean and Climate Dynamics: An Introductory Text by John Marshall and R. Alan Plumb
Mid-Latitude Atmospheric Dynamics. A First Course by Jonathan E. Martin.
[AOSC431 Textbook] Atmospheric Science, Second Edition: An Introductory Survey (International Geophysics) by John M. Wallace and Peter V. Hobbs.
Descriptive Physical Oceanography: An Introduction (6th Edition) [pdf] by Lynne Talley.
[Advanced] Atmospheric and Oceanic Fluid Dynamics : Fundamentals and Large-Scale Circulation by Geoffrey. K Vallis.
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.
9:30am-10:45am TuTh [ATL 2416] Class
9:30am-10:30am W [ATL 3403] Office hour, except
11:00am-12:00pm Tu for the first 3 weeks of April
1:00pm-2:30pm W [ATL 3425] TA hour by Kelsey Malloy
Students are also encourated to participate in AOSC tutoring session:
4:30pm-6:00pm M [ATL 3400] by AOSC graduate students
Midterm Exams
16 March 2017 Th [ATL 2416] In class (closed book, closed notes)
25 (or 27) April 2017 Tu (or Th) [ATL 2416] In class (closed book, closed notes)
Final Exam
15 May 2017 M [ATL 2416] 8:00-10:00am: accoridng to the UMD final exam schedule
Grading & Policy :
Academic Integrity
Students are expected to check, understand, and follow the UMD Honor code.
Based on: In-Class Quiz 10% + Homework 30%+ Exams 60%
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%]
Use of external references should be cited.
Students may study together and discuss problems in a general way to improve understanding, but they are
individually responsible for their homework. No copying is allowed.
Students with Disability
Students who require special examination conditions must register with the Office of the Disabled
Stidents Service (DSS).
Documentation must be provoded to me and discussed within the first week of classes.
Paper forms must be filled and provided before every exam.
Absence and Lateness from Official Reasons
Students must provide an official letter/paperwork and get approval by the instructor in one week advance for absense or lateness from official reasons.
Course Syllabus:
Detailed version as of 09 May 2017
References up to Midterm 2
1. Introduction
2. Background: Earth System
3. Review: Mathematical Concepts and Techniques
4. System of Fluid Motion
5. Vorticity and Circulation of Fluids
6. System of Geophysical Fluid Motion
7. Balance Relation I. Diagnostics in the Geometrical Coordinate
8. Balance Relation II. Diagnostics in the Isobaric Coordinate
9. Vorticity and Circulation of Geophysical Fluids
10. Large-Scale Circulation of Atmosphere
11. Large-Scale Circulation of Ocean
Kayo Ide at UMD AOSC 432 2017 Spring