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 GEOL1520, Spring 2017

Image from Siedler et al. 2001.

GEOL1520. Ocean Circulation and Climate

Or, Notions for the Motions of the Oceans.
Examines physical characteristics, processes, and dynamics of the global ocean to understand circulation patterns and how they relate to ocean biology, chemistry, and climate change. Assignments address ocean's role in the climate system; ocean observations and models; the origin, distribution, and dynamics of large-scale ocean circulation and water masses; energy and freshwater budgets; and variability of the coupled system on seasonal to centennial timescales e.g. El Niño. Intended for geological and physical sciences undergraduate and graduate students with quantitative skills and an interest in oceans, climate, paleoclimate. Pre-requisite: GEOL0350 or PHYS0720 or APMA 0340. Offered alternate years, previously offered as GEOL1100.

Baylor taught this class in Spring 2017, Spring 2015, Spring 2013.

Proceedings volumes Spring 2017, Spring 2015, Spring 2013. Spring 2010. Spring 2008. Spring 2007.

You can access the syllabus, proceedings, class calendar, notes, and reading


Notions for the Motions of the Oceans, Volume 5

Issue 1: 3 Kinds of Lies or Inside Joke

Issue 2: I Get Around

Issue 3: Swimming Upstream

Issue 4: Meridional Overturning Circulation or Waves

Important Note from the Editor/Instructor: These papers represent the best efforts of the students of GEOL1520 to assimilate and use the information they were learning on the fly. These papers were written under very tight time constraints. Thus, while selected for content that is generally excellent, the reader encouraged to look at these papers as works in progress and disregard typographical or other minor errors. These papers have all been peer-reviewed by the class and revised afterward.