Atmosphere-Ocean Interaction

Subject 625-331 (2008)

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Credit Points: 25.000
Level: Undergraduate
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2008:

Semester 1, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 36 lectures (three per week) and 60 hours of practical work (five hours per week)
Total Time Commitment: 120 hours
Prerequisites: Earth sciences 625-227, 625-228; mathematics 620-141, 620-142, 620-143 or equivalent.At least one of mathematics 620-231 and 620-232 is recommended.
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements: It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study and reasonable steps will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact upon their active and safe participation in a subject are encouraged to discuss this with the relevant subject coordinator and the Disability Liaison Unit.


Professor I H Simmonds
Subject Overview:

Topics include circulation of the atmosphere and ocean and how they interact to influence weather and climate; El Niño-Southern Oscillation events, atmospheric and oceanic processes in the Antarctic region; the general circulation, Sverdrup transport, wind-driven ocean circulation; atmospheric and oceanic wave processes and instabilities, generation of eddies and 'weather'; turbulent structure of the ocean and atmosphere, the surface and boundary layers, Ekman flows; and air-sea interaction, exchanges of heat, moisture and momentum at the interface.

On completion of this subject, students should have an appreciation of atmospheric and oceanic motion and interactions on a range of time and spatial scales and their importance for climate.

Assessment: Weekly written reports of practical work of up to 500 words each during semester (35%); written assignments totalling up to 3000 words due during semester (10%); a 3-hour written examination in the examination period (55%).
Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options: This subject is a level 2 or level 3 subject and is not available to new generation degree students as a breadth option in 2008.
This subject or an equivalent will be available as breadth in the future.
Breadth subjects are currently being developed and these existing subject details can be used as guide to the type of options that might be available.
2009 subjects to be offered as breadth will be finalised before re-enrolment for 2009 starts in early October.
Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Notes: Students enrolled in the BSc (pre-2008 BSc), BASc or a combined BSc course will receive science credit for the completion of this subject.
Related Course(s): Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science
Bachelor of Arts and Sciences
Bachelor of Science

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