Large Scale Turbulence in the Atmosphere and the Ocean

February 8, 2016 – March 11, 2016 all-day

Lecturer: Joe LaCasce


Week 6, 2016 – Lectures Monday to Friday 10:15 – 13:00
Week 10, 2016 – Lectures Monday to Thurdsay 10:15 – 13:00, Friday 10:15 – 15:00


Registration deadline: 29.01.2016

Course description:

The course examines nonlinear motion in the atmosphere and ocean from the perspective of turbulence theory. We begin with a simplified system to illustrate how linear motion becomes chaotic with nonlinearity. Then we examine Kolmogorov’s theory of 3-D turbulence, and its extension to two dimensions. We consider the implications for weather predictability and discuss how geophysical effects (the earth’s rotation, stratification) alter the flows. Then we consider the dispersion of passive tracers, like volcanic ash and spilled oil, in turbulent flows.

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