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.)




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.