MAR 610: Ocean Turbulence

Prereq: MAR 555 or advanced undergraduate fluid dynamics course

Fundamental fluid dynamics underpinning ocean turbulence theory. Emphasis is placed on both a mathematical and physical understanding of turbulence and considerable time is spent on classical turbulence theory and its application to ocean processes. Random variables and their quantification are introduced, as are dimensional scaling and analysis and non-dimensional quantities such as the Reynolds, Richardson and Prandtl number. Other course emphases include exchange of energy between the mean flow and turbulent field, turbulent diffusion, modern data analysis techniques and recent observations and newly emerging observational tools and techniques.

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