## ESE 131: Ocean Dynamics (Spring 2020)

This course gives an in-depth discussion of the fluid dynamics of the world ocean. Building on the concepts developed in ESE 130, this course explores the vertical structure of the wind-driven gyre circulation, thermocline theory, eddies and eddy parameterizations, the circulation of the deep ocean, ocean energetics, surface gravity waves, tides, internal waves, and turbulent mixing. (Course website)

## ESE 130: Introduction to Atmosphere and Ocean Dynamics (Winter 2020)

This course is an introduction to the fluid dynamics of the atmosphere and ocean, with an emphasis on dynamical concepts that explain the large-scale circulation of both fluids. Starting from the equations of motion, we will develop an understanding of geostrophic and hydrostatic balance, geostrophic adjustment, potential vorticity, quasi-geostrophic dynamics, Rossby waves, baroclinic instability, available potential energy, the Transformed Eulerian Mean, and Ekman layers. These concepts are used to explain the Hadley circulation, the circulation of the extratropical atmosphere, ocean gyres and western boundary currents, and the circulation of the Southern Ocean. (Course website)

## ESE 135: Topics in Atmosphere and Ocean Dynamics (Spring 2019)

This course explores the scientific basis of anthropogenic climate change. We will read the original papers that established the scientific foundation for the climate change forecast. Starting with Fourier’s description of the greenhouse effect, we trace the history of the key insights into how humanity is perturbing the climate system. The course is based on “The Warming Papers,” edited by David Archer and Raymond Pierrehumbert. Participants take turns presenting and leading a discussion of the papers and of Archer and Pierrehumbert’s commentary. (Course website)

## ESE 131a: Physical Oceanography I (Winter 2019)

This course gives an introduction to the fluid dynamics of the world ocean. Starting from the equations of motion, approximate models are formulated to understand the observed circulation and how the ocean might respond to different forcing conditions in past and future climates. Topics include Ekman boundary layers, wind-driven gyres, thermocline theory, baroclinic instability of mean currents, mesoscale eddies, dynamics of the Antarctic Circumpolar Current, surface gravity waves, tides, and inertia-gravity waves. (Course website)

## ESE 131: Physical Oceanography (Winter 2018)

This course gives an introduction to the fluid dynamics of the world ocean. Starting from the equations of motion, approximate models are formulated to understand the observed circulation and how the ocean might respond to different forcing conditions in past and future climates. Topics include Ekman boundary layers, wind-driven gyres, thermocline theory, baroclinic instability of mean currents, mesoscale eddies, dynamics of the Antarctic Circumpolar Current, tides, inertia–gravity waves, small-scale mixing, the circulation of the deep ocean, and meridional overturning. (Course website)