12.802 Wave Motion in the Ocean and the Atmosphere

As taught in: Spring 2008

A ship on rough waves.

A Deep-ocean Assessment and Reporting of Tsunamis (DART) buoy being deployed in the Pacific Ocean from the NOAA ship Ronald H. Brown. (Image courtesy of NOAA.)

Level:

Graduate

Instructors:

Prof. Paola Rizzoli

Course Features

Course Description

This course is an introduction to basic ideas of geophysical wave motion in rotating, stratified, and rotating-stratified fluids. Subject begins with general wave concepts of phase and group velocity. It also covers the dynamics and kinematics of gravity waves with a focus on dispersion, energy flux, initial value problems, etc.