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This subject gives an overview of the interaction between the ocean and the atmosphere on a wide range of time and space scales. Topics include the planetary boundary layers in the ocean and the atmosphere, momentum and heat exchanges, fundamental causes of ocean circulation, ocean wave theory including wind-waves, Kelvin and Rossby waves, ENSO theory, tidal theory, and the effects of air-sea interaction on the dynamics of tropical cyclones.
Intended learning outcomes
The objectives of this subject are to develop a quantitative understanding of the influence of air-sea interaction on weather and climate systems.
On completion of this subject students should have developed the following generic skills: an ability to perform complex calculations relevant to the development of a physical understanding of the atmosphere and ocean
Last updated: 12 May 2020