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OCEN4008 Physical Oceanography

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Content
This unit covers the physical oceanography of coastal and offshore regions. It includes ocean currents and circulation, the role of wind and buoyancy forcing, surface wave dynamics in deep and shallow waters, internal circulation and wave processes, bottom and surface boundary layer dynamics, and ocean turbulence and mixing.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) apply knowledge of physical oceanographic processes operating in both coastal and offshore regions; (2) analyse the role of wind fields and surface waves in both shallow and deep water; (3) analyse the roles of both wind and buoyancy forcing in determining overall ocean circulation; and (4) examine boundary layer dynamics and the effects of ocean mixing and turbulence.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) assignments and (2) a final examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Nicole Jones
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the 71590 Master of Oceanography
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Advisable prior study:
ENVT3337 Oceanography or ENSC3010 Hydraulics or ENSC3003 Fluid Mechanics or equivalent
Incompatibility:
Nil.
Contact hours
2 x 4 hour workshops per week for 6 weeks
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