MATH2241 Introduction to Atmosphere and Ocean Dynamics

MATH2241 is an Applied Mathematics Level II course. See the course overview below.

This course replaces MATH2240 Introduction to Oceanography and Meterology, which was a 3UOC course.

Units of credit: 6

Prerequisites: MATH1031(CR) or MATH1231 or MATH1241 or MATH1251

Excluded: MATH2240

Cycle of offering: Yearly in Semester 1

Graduate attributes: The course will enhance your research, inquiry and analytical thinking abilities.

More information: This recent course handout (pdf) contains information about course objectives, assessment, course materials and the syllabus.

The Online Handbook entry contains up-to-date timetabling information.

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Course Overview

An introduction to mathematical models for the circulation of the atmosphere and oceans. The equations of motion are exploited so as to provide simplified models for phenomena including: waves, the effects of the Earth's rotation, the geostrophic wind, upwelling, storm surges. Feedback mechanisms are also modelled: the land/sea breeze, tornadoes, tropical cyclones. Models for large-scale phenomena including El Nino and the East Australian Current will be discussed as well as the role of the atmosphere-ocean system in climate change.