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Course Info

  • Course Number / Code:
  • 12.82 (Spring 2007) 
  • Course Title:
  • Turbulence in the Ocean and Atmosphere 
  • Course Level:
  • Graduate 
  • Offered by :
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
    Massachusetts, United States  
  • Department:
  • Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences 
  • Course Instructor(s):
  • Prof. Raffaele Ferrari
    Prof. Glenn Flierl 
  • Course Introduction:

  • 12.820 Turbulence in the Ocean and Atmosphere

    Spring 2007

    Course Highlights

    This course features movie "Fluid Dynamics Film - Turbulence" and simulations "Two-dimensional Flow around an Obstacle" about turbulence in the study materials section.

    Course Description

    This course presents the phenomena, theory, and modeling of turbulence in the Earth's oceans and atmosphere. The scope ranges from centimeter to planetary scale motions. The regimes of turbulence include homogeneous isotropic three dimensional turbulence, convection, quasi-geostrophic turbulence, shallow water turbulence, baroclinic turbulence, macroturbulence in the ocean and atmosphere.

    Technical Requirements

    Special software is required to use some of the files in this course: .ram, .mov, .tif.


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