SO 335 - Quantitative Methods for Meteorology and Oceanography

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Course syllabus

Course policy

Lecture Notes

Chapter 1- Variables, Constant and Dimensions

Chapter 2- Vectors review

Chapter 3 - Gradient, divergence, vorticity

Chapter 4- Advection

Chapter 5- Material derivative

Chapter 6 - Flow visualization - streamlines, streamfunctions and velocity potential

Chapter 7- Taylor's series and vector integral theorems

Chapter 8- Mass Continuity
  Handout - Leibnitz rule applied to fixed volume

Chapter 9- Equations of motion (Newton's second law)
 - Derivation example (in-class example)

Chapter 10-   Equations of motion in a rotating frame and Geostrophic flow

Chapter 11- Conversion from rectangular to polar coordinates and gradient wind


Advanced Plotting Techniques PPT

Lab 1 Global and regional MODIS sea surface temperatures
    Lab 1 Quick reference worksheet

Lab 2 Global and regional OSCAR ocean currents
    Lab 2 Quick reference worksheet

Lab 3 (guidelines) Ocean current divergence and relative vorticity
   Lab 3 (Powerpoint) Ocean current divergence and relative vorticity

Lab 4 More on ocean current divergence and relative vorticity

Lab 5 Streamlines and trajectories
    ALAMO float 9064 9080
    OSCAR data 8767


Assignment 1

Assignment 2

Assignment 3 (ungraded)

Assignment 4