Geophysical Fluid Dynamics  (191090)
Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Course  :  Master's Course
Subject Type  :  Type 1 Subject
Instructor  :  Assoc. Prof. AIKI, Hidenori
Credits  :  2
Class schedule  :  Thu.   2nd
Classroom  :  Lecture Room 301/Common Building, Graduate School of Environmental Studies
The stratified fluid on the rotating sphere is called geophysical fluid. Geophysical fluid generalizes the fluids of the atmosphere and the ocean of large-scale that feel the rotation of the Earth and are statically stable. Geophysical fluid dynamics is thus fluid dynamics that deals with the nature common to the atmosphere and the ocean of large-scale.
1. Governing equations for fluid motions
2. Wave dynamics, surface waves
3. Dispersion relation, group velocity
4. Inertial oscillation, Ekman spiral, boundary layer
5. Rotating stratified fluid
6. Internal gravity waves, vertical mode decomposition
7. Isentropic / density coordinates, conservation of potential vorticity
8 Rotating tank experiment
9. Nondimensional parameters, available potential energy
10. Quasi-geostrophic potential vorticity equation
11. Mid-latitude Rossby waves
12. Equatorial waves
13. Barotropic instability
14. Baroclinic instability
15. Turbulence
Grading Criteria
Attendance and Home Work evaluation: 50 %
Final Report evaluation: 50 %
Course Textbook
Recommended Reference Books, Other Study Material, and notes
An Introduction to Dynamic Meteorology, J Holton, Academic Press (Elsevier), 532 pp., 2012
Atmospheric and oceanic fluid dynamics, G. K. Vallis, Cambridge Univ. Press, 964 pp., 2017
Language in class
▪ Presentation & Materials : Partially in English
▪ Oral explanations : Japanese only
▪ Questions in English : Available
e-mail address / Tel No / Room of Instructor(s)
Tel: 3433