Università degli Studi di Napoli "Parthenope"

Teaching schedule

Academic year: 
2013/2014
Belonging course: 
Disciplinary sector: 
OCEANOGRAPHY AND PHYSICS OF THE ATMOSPHERE (GEO/12)
Credits: 
6
Year of study: 
3
Teachers: 
Cycle: 
First Semester
Hours of front activity: 
48

Language

Italian

Course description

In this course the basic elements of fluid dynamics in both inertial and rotating reference frames are introduced. The aim is to allow the student to deal with practical problems concerning oceanic and atmospheric fluid dynamics. The discussion of analytical aspects is always accompanied by a detailed description of the corresponding phenomenology.

Prerequisites

Calculus I e II, Physics I.

Syllabus

PART 1: FLUID DYNAMICS IN INERTIAL REFERENCE FRAMES
Forces in fluid dynamics.
Elements of fluid statics.
Elements of fluid kinematics.
The equations of fluid dynamics.
Turbulence and eddy viscosity.
Low and high Reynolds number flows.
Some solutions of the Navier-Stokes equations.
Surface and internal gravity waves.

PART 2: FLUID DYNAMICS IN ROTATING REFERENCE FRAMES
Coriolis force, geostrophic motions.
Bidimensionality in rotating fluids.
Thermal wind and relative currents.
Ageostrophic winds in the atmospheric boundary layers.
Ageostrophic currents in the oceanic boundary layers.
The shallow water approximation.
Potential vorticity and its applications.
Quasigeostrophic approximation, Rossby waves.
Atmospheric and oceanic vortices, wind-driven ocean circulation.

Fluid dynamics in inertial reference frames
Fluid dynamics in rotating reference frames, with oceanographic and meteorological applications.

Teaching Methods

Frontal lessons with an intensive the use of images and movies.

Textbooks

- PIERINI, S.: Oceanic and atmospheric fluid dynamics. E-learning of the University of Naples Parthenope, blended learning course in English (20 capsules).
- BATCHELOR, G. K., 1967: “An Introduction to Fluid Dynamics”, Cambridge University Press.
- STEWART, R. H., 2005: "Introduction to Physical Oceanography". Book available online.
- Notes, images, movies and other material distributes during the course.

Learning assessment

Oral exam.

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