SIO 210: Introduction to Physical Oceanography
Equatorial Pacific SST, courtesy of NOAA
| Instructors: Lynne Talley, Myrl Hendershott and Jennifer MacKinnon
Time: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 2:00-2:50
Location: Vaughan 100
Physical description of the sea; physical properties of seawater, methods
and measurements, boundary processes, regional oceanography. Prerequisites:
the mathematics and physics required for admission to the graduate curriculum
in the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, or consent of the instructor.
Since math courses might have been taken many years ago for some students,
please check this math concept
link, and attend the math tutorials at the beginning of the quarter if
you want a refresher.
The course url is
http://www-pord.ucsd.edu/~ltalley/sio210. The notes and figures
are background for the coursework. They are evolving and informal. They
may not be used for other purposes without permission. Figures from copyrighted
sources include the reference.
Course requirements: two graded exams; bi-weekly problem sets; 1 written report. Study questions are provided
throughout the course, but will not be graded.
Self-organized study groups are highly recommended. We are happy to meet with students and study groups.
Note: prior to a lecture, the links tend to be to previous year's lectures.
Updated links are made available as lectures are given.
Graded final exams will be available after Dec. 17 in Nierenberg Hall 310 (Tomomi Ushii x49696)
Problem Set 1, Due Oct. 12
Problem Set 1 Answer Key
Problem Set 2, Due Oct. 29 (changed)
Problem Set 2 Answer Key
Problem Set 3, Due Nov. 21
Problem Set 3 Answer Key
Problem Set 4, Due Dec. 7 (edited Dec. 4)
Problem Set 4 Answer Key
Short paper or project
Short paper or project. Topic due Oct. 29, project/paper due Nov. 26.
Information for tank experiments:
The accompanying textbook is
Marshall, J. and Plumb, R. A., 2008.
Atmosphere, Ocean, and Climate Dynamics: An Introductory Text, Elsevier
Math tutorial: Friday 3-4 PM NH 100. 1 per week through first half of course.
Course material tutorial:
Final exam tutorials: Time to be posted.
Useful math link:
Any basic calculus textbook is helpful.
Percentages: Final exam (40), mid-term exam (25), paper (7), each of 4 assignments (7)
Primary texts - online
Other relevant texts, to be placed on reserve
Oceanography: An Introduction. by Matthias Tomczak and Stuart Godfrey.
- Invitation to Oceanography by Paul Pinet.
Online study tools.
- Atmosphere-Ocean Dynamics by Adrian Gill
pdf of Appendix 2 (properties of seawater)
Introduction to physical oceanography by John Knauss
Introduction to geophysical fluid dynamics by Benoit Cushman-Roisin
Atmosphere, ocean, and climate dynamics : an introductory text by John Marshall and R. Alan Plumb
- Evolution of Physical Oceanography edited by Bruce Warren
and Carl Wunsch
- Ocean Circulation and Climate: observing and modelling the global ocean. Ed. G. Siedler, J. Church and J. Gould, Academic Press, 2001.
- Ocean Circulation. Open University Press, Pergamon.
Other online resources
Hendershott, M. C., 2004. Lectures on tides, from Geophysical Fluid Dynamics 2004. Woods Hole Oceanog. Inst. Tech. Rept., WHOI-2005-08.E
- Waves notes (Hendershott) 11/05
Proprties of seawater from the UNESCO tables, in fortran, matlab and c
A nice collection of classic papers on large-scale ocean circulation and related
topics (Geoff Vallis, Princeton
- UCAR MetEd online course, including unit on currents.
You will have to register, but it's free. Obviously you don't have to do the quizzes.
- Basic math refreshers: Wolfram MathWorld (look at sio210 math concept link for suggestions)
- SIO 210 from fall 2009 (Hendershott, Winant, Send, MacKinnon)
Lynne Talley; Nierenberg Hall 305; 534-6610 Home Page email@example.com
Myrl Hendershott; CCS Bldg 303; 534-3208 firstname.lastname@example.org
Jennifer MacKinnon, OAR 260, 822-3716, email@example.com
Xue Fan firstname.lastname@example.org
Last modified: 5 Dec. 2012