The focus of the course is to identify the underlying dynamics of the
atmosphere-ocean system. The fundamental concepts of atmosphere-ocean flow, energetics,
vorticity, and wave motion are described. These phenomena are described
using dynamical equations, climate data, as well as basic physical and
mathematical concepts. Exercises complement the lessons.
Fluid dynamics, ocean circulation, wind-driven and thermohaline circulation; atmosphere dynamics, dynamical system theory, non-dimensional parameters, bifurcations and instabilities; Gravity, Rossby, and Kelvin waves; Conceptual models, Analytical and Programming techniques; Time series analysis
Advanced dynamics of the ocean and atmosphere, applications in the fields of climate dynamics and fluid mechanics. Programming skills and usage of the climate data operators. Theoretical concepts in physics of climate, temporal and spatial scales of climate dynamics.
Assignment to study programmes: Compulsory for MSc Environmental Physics, Optional compulsory for MSc Physik
Workload /credit points: 3 CP, 90 h
• lectures: 20 h (2 h x 10 weeks)
• repeating the lectures/learning/reading: 20 h (2 h x 10)
• example classes: 10 h
• example classes homework: 30 h (3 h x 10)
• additional preparation for exam: 10 h
There are two parts: Course achievements and examination achievements (Studienleistungen und Prüfungsleistungen)
50% of the points of the exercise sheets are required. Furthermore, we require active participation with at least one time showing a solution.
Working in study groups is encouraged, but each student is responsible for his/her own solution. If the solution is typewritten (e.g. with LaTex, Rmarkdown, or word), we allow up to 3 persons to be listed on a solution sheet. Send in your solutions in form of a PDF to our email addresses (one PDF per group!).
You have to pass the written exam Aug 15, 10-12. Room N3130
The exam is based on the exercises and the general content of the lecture. The procedure follows the rules of pep.
Exercise 1 distributed
Content in script: Programming in bash, climate data operators
2 distributed and start of the work
Tutorium by CS
16:00 Tutorium (FM) about solutions of Exercise 1;
Exercise 3 distributed
Content: Climate variability and dynamics
16:00 Tutorium (CS) about solutions of Exercise 2;
Exercise 4 distributed
16:00 Tutorium (AM) about solutions of Exercise 3;
Exercise 5 distributed
16:00 Tutorium (FM) about solutions of Exercise 4;
Exercise 6 distributed
16:00 Tutorium (FM) about solutions of Exercise 5;
Exercise 7 distributed
Content: Shallow water equations and Waves
16:00 Tutorium (FM) about solutions of Exercise 6;
Exercise 8 distributed
16:00 Tutorium (FM) about solutions of Exercise 7;
Exercise 9 distributed
no lecture, no tutorium
Test exam: 2 h at home. The pdf will be electronically distributed.
14:15 Inverted lecture, questions about the course and test exam