12.866 Theory of the General Circulation of the Ocean
A review of wind-driven circulation, and the development of the baroclinic theory of the wind-driven circulation. Potential vorticity homohenization and the ventilated thermocline. Wind-driven circulation with continuous stratification, subduction/obduction. Equatorial thermocline and its relation to ENSO. Decadal climate variability. Thermohaline circulation and variability. Abyssal circulation. Mixing and energetics of the oceanic general circulation.
12.866 will be offered this semester (Fall 2017). It is instructed by R. X. Huang (WHOI).
This class counts for a total of 12 credits.
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