12.824 Stability Theory for Oceanic & Atmospheric Flows


Class Info

Basic theory of hydrodynamic instability with special application to flows of interest in oceanography and meteorology. Topics covered include general formulation of stability theory; concept of normal modes and linearization; fundamental stability theorems; baroclinic instability: Charney model, Eady model and the Phillips two-layer model; energy transformations; initial value theory and non-modal instability; barotropic instability for jets and shear layers; radiating instabilities; initial value problems applied to the concepts of convective, absolute and spatial instabilities; finite amplitude theory; stability of non-parallel flows.

This class has 12.802 as a prerequisite.

12.824 will not be offered this semester. It will be available in the Fall semester, and will be instructed by G. Flierl.

This class counts for a total of 12 credits.

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