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Physical Oceanography

Course Summary

This course is based on Introduction to Physical Oceanography made available by Texas A&M University.
This course is an introduction to physical oceanography which provides an understanding of the environment within which marine engineering structures operate. It covers only the physical processes in the ocean and do not cover the biological, chemical and geological aspects of the ocean. Topics include physical properties of sea water, thermodynamic and dynamic processes, numerical models of these processes and instruments for measuring the physical variables. It also includes study of ocean currents, tides, waves, and convection in the deep ocean and along coasts. Other topics are heat storage and transport in the oceans; ocean surface waves, waves in shallow water, inertial oscillations, tides, and tsunamis. This course is based on the textbook Introduction to Physical Oceanography by Dr. Bob Stewart who is Professor of Oceanography at Texas A&M University. (No video lectures are available but the textbook is available online and can also be downloaded)

Reading Material

1. Introduction to Physical Oceanography
Introduction to Physical Oceanography, Robert H. Stewart, 2005.

This is the textbook on which this course is based. An online version of the book is available for free access at the link above. A pdf version can also be downloaded here (9.6.MB).

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