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Introduction to Oceanography and Meteorology - MATH2240
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Campus: Kensington Campus
Career: Undergraduate
Units of Credit: 3
EFTSL: 0.06250 (more info)
Indicative Contact Hours per Week: 2
Enrolment Requirements:
Prerequisite: MATH1031(CR) or MATH1231 or MATH1241 or MATH1251
Fee Band: 2 (more info)
Further Information: See Class Timetable


An introduction to mathematical models for the circulation of the atmosphere and oceans. The equations of motion are exploited so as to provide simplified models for phenomena including: waves, the effects of the Earth's rotation, the geostrophic wind, upwelling, storm surges. Feedback mechanisms are also modelled: the land/sea breeze, tornadoes, tropical cyclones. Models for large-scale phenomena including El Nino and the East Australian Current will be discussed as well as the role of the atmosphere-ocean system in climate change.

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