Physical oceanography is based on theory and methods from classical mechanics and thermodynamics. Methods include observations in the sea using instruments based on latest technology, advanced methods to analyze observational data and simulation using mathematical models.The course gives a basic introduction to the principles governing motion in the the ocean, covering scales from the smallest turbulent eddies to the world ocean circulation. Great emphasis is put on the usage of quantitative mathematical expressions for describing physical phenomena. Many problems of fluid motion demand numerical methods to be solved and the course includes computer exercises in finding numerical solutions.
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