ATOC5051, Spring 2010

Intro to Physical Oceanography, or Notions for the Motions of the Oceans

Reading Assignment 3: Week 5

This reading assignment introduces the effects of the Earth's rotation in conjunction with friction

  1. Geoff Vallis's Atmospheric and Oceanic Fluid Dynamics, Chapter 2.12.
  2. Cushman-Roisin and Becker's Introduction to GFD Chapters 4.1-4.6, Chapters 8.1-8.7.
  3. Rotating Flow Movie (Needs Realplayer).

The reading quiz is due by class time. It can be accessed through CULearn.

Optional additional reading may be useful for the assignment:

  1. Fundamentals-Boundary Layers (Needs Realplayer).
  2. Tomczak and Godfrey's Regional Oceanography: An Introduction, Chapter 4: Ekman
  3. Chapters 8 and 9 of Robert H. Stewart's Introduction to Physical Oceanography: Equations of Motion with Viscosity, Response of the Upper Ocean to Winds.
  4. Joe Pedlosky's Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Chapters 1, 4.
  5. The rest of Vallis Chapter 2.
  6. Cushman-Roisin and Beckers's Introduction to Geophysical Fluid Dynamics, Chapters 2, 3, 4, 11, 15.