SIO 219: Observational Oceanography Seminar

Fall Quarter 2007: Processes at Ocean Boundaries (What are the important questions in physical oceanography other than climate?)

Instructor: Sarah Gille
Location: OAR Conference Room.
Time: Fridays, 12:00-1:00

Course Evaluation. To be completed between November 26 and December 9.





28 Sep
Organizational meeting

5 Oct
Eastern Boundary Currents (California Current)
Marissa Yates
Bograd, S. J. and R. J. Lynn, 2003. Long-term variability in the Southern California Current System, Deep Sea Res. II, 50 (14-16), 2355-2370.

additional background: Lynn, R. J. and J. J. Simpson, 1987. The California Current System - The seasonal variability of its physical characteristics, J. Geophys. Res.--Oceans, 92(C12), 12947-12966. requested to be posted to UCSD electronic reserves. If you want a copy now, e-mail sgille
12 Oct
Eastern Boundary Currents (not the California Current)
Sylvia Cole and Robert Todd
Bakun, A. and C. S. Nelson: 1991. The seasonal cycle of wind- stress curl in subtropical eastern boundary current regions. J. Phys. Oceanogr., 21, 1815-1834.

additional reading: Thomas, A. C., M.E. Carr, and P. T. Strub: 2001. Chlorophyll variability in eastern boundary currents, Geophys. Res. Lett., 28 (18): 3421-3424.
19 Oct
Upwelling in Eastern Boundary Currents
Yvonne Firing and Gabriela Chavez
Sobarzo, M. and D. Figueroa, 2001. The physical structure of a cold filament in a Chilean upwelling zone (Peninsula de Mejillones, Chile, 23 S) Deep Sea Res. I, 48, 2699-2726.

additional reading: Batteen, M. L., C.-P. Hu, J. L. Bacon, and C. S. Nelson, 1995. A numerical study of the effects of wind forcing on the Chile Current System, J. Oceanogr., 51, 585-614.
26 Oct
No meeting: University Closed (no topic scheduled originally due to Chancellor's Challenge)

2 Nov
Upper ocean processes (wind forcing)
Oliver Sun and Sung Yong Kim
Rio, M. H. and F. Hernandez, 2003. High-frequency response of wind-driven currents measured by drifting buoys and altimetry over the world ocean, J. Geophys. Res., 108(C8), Art. No. 3283.

additional reading: Ralph, E. A. and P. P. Niiler, 1999. Wind-Driven Currents in the Tropical Pacific, J. Phys. Oceanogr., 29, 2121-2129.
9 Nov
Kelvin waves and continental shelf waves Jamie Holte and Gordy Stephenson
Kessler, W.S., M.J. McPhaden and K.M. Weickmann, 1995. Forcing of intraseasonal Kelvin waves in the equatorial Pacific, J. Geophys. Res., 100, 10613-10631.

additional reading: Zhang, C. and J. Gottschalck, 2002. SST Anomalies of ENSO and the Madden-Julian Oscillation in the Equatorial Pacific, J. Climate, 15, 2429-2445.
16 Nov
Kelvin waves and continental shelf waves
San Nguyen and Peter Sutherland

Meyers, S. D., A. Melsom, G. T. Mitchum, J. J. O'Brien, 1998. Detection of the fast Kelvin wave teleconnection due to El Niño-Southern Oscillation, J. Geophys. Res., 103(C12), 27655-27664, 10.1029/98JC02402.

additional reading: Johnson, M. A., and J. J. O'Brien, 1990. The Northeast Pacific Ocean Response to the 1982-1983 El Niño. J. Geophys. Res., 95, 7155-7166.
23 Nov
No meeting: Thanksgiving
30 Nov, special time: 2-3 pm
Western Boundary Currents
Marina Frants
Cronin, M and D. R. Watts, 1996. Eddy-mean flow interaction in the Gulf Stream at 68 degrees W .1. Eddy energetics, J. Phys. Oceanogr., 26(10), 2107-2131.
7 Dec
The fascinating features of the East Australia Current
Kyla Drushka and Tom Fitzpatrick
Godfrey, J., G. Cresswell, T. Golding, A. Pearce, and R. Boyd, 1980.The Separation of the East Australian Current. J. Phys. Oceanogr., 10, 430-440.

additional reading: Bowen, M. M., J. L. Wilkin, and W. J. Emery, 2005. Variability and forcing of the East Australian Current, J. Geophys. Res., 110, C03019, doi:10.1029/2004JC002533.
15 Dec
Exam Week

The observational seminar meets on Friday from 12:00-1:00 during the academic quarters, in the OAR Conference Room. (We used to meet in Nierenberg Hall 400, until the group grew too big.) The seminar is open to all. It is a forum for informal discussion of current literature on observational aspects of physical oceanography and for presentation of individuals' work in progress. The subject matter for each quarter is determined by the participants, weighted towards the preferences of the enrolled students.

Reading each week is chosen to complement the topic. Normally the reading can be downloaded from UCSD's electronic reserves or directly from the journal. Readings that are not available electronically are placed in the NH reading room.

Enrolled students are expected to come prepared to participate in discussions and ask questions based on the reading material.

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