The purpose of this course is to introduce marine science students to the spectrum of concepts of ocean physics and dynamics. It is a general course, intended for physicists as well as non-physicists. Through this course, students are expected to become familiar with the basic concepts of geostrophic balance, tracer advection, and wind-forcing of ocean currents. However, many topics are covered including: ocean surface waves, tsunami, planetary waves, Ekman balance, Sverdrup balance, Coriolis force, mixing, instrumentation, thermohaline circulation, and more.
The students will:
gain a basic level of comfort or familiarity with the basic terms and concepts of ocean physics and dynamics. Specifically, the terms geostrophy and Coriolis force, become familiar to, and have meaning for the students.
be able to apply basic ideas of physical oceanography to their own specialization of marine science. For example, to understand the cycle of tides or the generation of surface waves when performing coral reef assessment dives.
achieve an appreciation for the complications and unknowns of modern physical oceanographic research. A common example would be an appreciation for the fact that many details of regional ocean circulation and ocean state, such as SST cycle in Ft. Lauderdale harbor, are actually unknown.
be able to identify a wide range of physical oceanographic topics and problems, and gain some appreciation of the progress in the field.
The Mission of the Oceanographic Center is to carry out innovative, basic and applied research and to provide high-quality graduate and undergraduate education in a broad range of marine science and related disciplines.