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[Engineering Sciences 131. Introduction to Physical Oceanography and Climate]

Observations and understanding of ocean physics, from local beach waves to the effects of the oceans on global climate.  Topics covered include wave motions such as ocean surface waves, internal waves, tsunamis and tides; currents, including the wind driven circulation, and the Gulf stream; coastal upwelling and fisheries; temperature, salinity, the overturning thermohaline circulation and its effect on global climate stability and variability; basic fluid dynamics equations; El Niño; the oceans and global warming; Ocean observations by ships, satellites, moorings, floats and more.
Notes: Given in alternate years. When offered, a field trip to the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution on Cape Cod will be included. ES 131 is also offered as EPS 131. Students may not take both for credit.​ Likely offered Spring 2018.
Prerequisites: Applied Mathematics 21a,b; Physics 12a,b, Physics 15a,b,c or Applied Physics 50a,b; or permission of instructor.

Professor: 

Season: 

Spring

Time: 

TBA

Course ID: 

156500

Subject Area: 

Engineering Sciences

Research Areas: 

  • [Course titles in brackets] indicate that the course is not scheduled to be taught during the 2017-2018 academic year, but may be offered in an alternate year.
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