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Modelling of large-scale circulation

Learn how to use and further develop a simple numerical model in order to study the large scale ocean and atmosphere circulation such as geostrophic adjustment, Poincaré, Kelvin, Rossby and tidal waves and the wind-driven ocean gyre circulation.

CIVIS focus area
Climate, environment and energy
Open to
  • MA
Field of studies
  • Natural Sciences and Mathematics
Course dates
27 September - 07 November 2021
Apply by
31 May 2021 Apply now

The course deals with flow phenomena of central importance in meteorology and oceanography. These are studied both theoretically and with a numerical circulation model used for the independent projects. In this course, you will learn how to use and further develop a numerical model in order to study large-scale ocean and atmosphere circulation. The course consists of a number of computer exercises, where you will study geophysical phenomena making use of the numerical circulation model. You will compare the model simulations with the analytical solutions. This will give an insight into both the geophysical phenomena as well as the shortcomings of the numerical model.

The teaching consists of lectures on the theory behind the large-scale circulation and four supervised computer exercises.

Applications: contact  studievagledare@misu.su.se

Duration of the course: 5 weeks

Course format: blended*

Location: Stockholm, Sweden

Language: English

Nb of students accepted: 20

Nb of CIVIS scholarships offered: 30

Nb of ECTS: 7.5 (depending on your home University)  

*Subject to review, depending on the development of the current global pandemic. If overseas travelling and in-person teaching are not advisable, the entire course may be transferred online. 

Main topics

In this course, you will learn how to use and further develop a simple numerical model in order to study the large scale ocean and atmosphere circulation such as:

  • Geostrophic adjustment
  • Gravity, Poincaré waves and tidal waves
  • Kelvin waves (both coastal and equatorial)
  • Rossby waves (both atmospheric and oceanic for midlatitudes as well as for the Equatorial region)
  • The wind driven ocean circulation (Ekman, Sverdrup, Stommel and Munk theoretical models)

Learning outcomes

After taking this course the student should be able to use numerical circulation models to simulate flow phenomena in the atmosphere and the ocean and to present model results and relate these to the theory, both orally and in writing.

Evaluation

Four written reports as well as an oral presentation of one of the four exercises at the end of the course.

Additional information

Admission to the course requires knowledge equivalent to Atmospheric physics and chemistry, 30 ECTS or Meteorology I, 15 ECTS and Meteorology II, 7.5 ECTS.as well as knowledge corresponding to Stockholm's University Master course in Numerical methods in atmospheric science and oceanography (MO8007, 7.5 ECTS).

Kristofer Döös is a professor of climate modelling. He has a PhD in oceanography from Université de Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris.

He has previously worked at Southampton Oceanography Centre and at the Institute of Oceanographic Sciences in the U.K. His main research has been on ocean and climate numerical modelling with particular emphasis on the overturning circulation and the Lagrangian tracking of heat and water masses in both the ocean and the atmosphere.

For applications, contact: studievagledare@misu.su.se