EOSC 571 · Seminar in Physical Oceanography and Atmospheric Science

Oral presentations by students of current research of their own or from the literature. Topics chosen in consultation with faculty.

Learning Goals

1) Encourage students to examine the nature and particularity of research in the Atmospheric Science and Physical Oceanography.
2) Encourage students to read widely in Atmospheric Science and Physical Oceanography.
3) Teach students to engage in CRITICAL analysis of written work.
4) Teach students to present and defend their ideas to a sympathetic audience.
5) Teach students to criticize the work of their peers in a dispassionate and non personal way.


Susan Allen in 2012W

Douw Steyn previously

Course Content

Course Description

Course Timetable

Lecture Topics

How we study the atmosphere and ocean: (Climatology and meteorology, the impossibility of doing experiments in Atmospheric Science and Physical Oceanography, observation networks, remote sensing, numerical modelling)

Spatio-temporal variability: (Data structures, data handling, 4D fields, visualization, styles of analysis, (Spectral analyses, Wavelet analysis, Empirical Orthogonal Functions)).

Scales and phenomena: (Scale definitions (phenomenologic, spectral, mechanistic), Scale (order-of-magnitude) analysis of the atmosphere and ocean, Dimensional Analysis ).

Models and other analytical tools: (Introduction to Models in Science):

Computational models: (GCMs, NWP, mesoscale, turbulence, LES, DNS)

Hardware scale models: (wind tunnels, tank flow models, rotating tanks, Fujita's tornado model, explicit manipulation of the surface)

Analytical models: (linearizations and other games physicists play)

Model Evaluation: (approaches, statistical techniques, models vs data & models vs models)

Prediction, Predictability, Chaos and Fractals: (skill scores, stochastic behaviour, non-linear dynamics)