EOS 370A. Introduction to Physical Oceanography – Nicholas School Undergraduate Programs

EOS 370A. Introduction to Physical Oceanography

EOS-370-300x300NS, QS, STS Fundamental physical principles of ocean circulation. Physical properties of seawater; forces acting on the ocean such as heat, pressure gradients, wind stress, rotation, and friction; and conservation equations for heat, mass and momentum. Applications include geostrophic balances, thermal wind, coastally trapped waves, El Nino/ENSO, and tidal circulation. (Given at Beaufort.) Prerequisites: one year of calculus and one year of physics, or permission of instructor. Instructor: Hench. One course.