12.808 Introduction to Observational Physical Oceanography
Results and techniques of observations of the ocean in the context of its physical properties and dynamical constraints. Emphasis on large-scale steady circulation and the time-dependent processes that contribute to it. Includes the physical setting of the ocean, atmospheric forcing, application of conservation laws, description of wind-driven and thermohaline circulation, eddy processes, and interpretive techniques.
This class has no prerequisites.
This class counts for a total of 12 credits. This is a graduate-level class.
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