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Suggested course schedule based on Marshall and Plumb text

September 2007

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri  

3
4
5

Lecture 1

Read:
Introduction
Chapter 1

Lab Expt 0

 

6

7

Lecture 2

Equilibrium T of Earth

Read:
Chapter 2

8
9
10

Lecture 3

Greenhouse effect

11
12

Lecture 4

More complex Greenhouse models

13

 

14

Lecture 5

Vertical structure of atmosphere: hydrostatic balance

Read:
Chapter 3

 

15
16

17

Lecture 6

Convection in water

Read:Chapter 4

Lab Expt II

18
19

Lecture 7

Dry convection in air: adiabatic lapse rate

20
21

Lecture 8

Potential temperature

 

22
23
24

Student holiday

 

25
26

Lecture 9

Moist Covection

Lab Expt I

27
28

Lecture 10

Moist Convection (contd)

 

29

 

October 2007

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
30
1

Lecture 11

Meridional structure of atmosphere

Read Chapter 5


2
3

Lecture 12

Ang. Mtm:
Hadley Circulation

 

4

5

Lecture 13

Differentiation following the motion

Read Chapter 6

6
7
8

Columbus Day

9 10

Lecture 14

Equations of motion applied to a fluid

11

 

12

Lecture 15

Equations of motion 
for a rotating fluid.

Lab Expt III

13
14
15

Lecture 16

Equipotential surfaces

Lab Expt IV

16
17

Lecture 17

Inertial Circles

Lab Expt V

18
19

Putting things on the sphere.

Lab Expt VI

20
21
22

Lecture 18

Balanced flow: geostrophy

Read Chapter 7

23
24

Lecture 19

Taylor Proudman Theorem

Lab Expt VII

25
26

Lecture 20

Thermal Wind

Lab Expt IX

 27

 

November 2007

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
28 29

Lecture 21

Review

30 31

Lecture 22

Ageostrophic motion and Ekman layers

Lab Expt X

1 2

Lecture 23a

The Hadley circulation

Lab Expt VIII

Read Chapter 8

3
4
5

Lecture 23b

The general circulation of the atmosphere


6
7

Lecture 23c

Atmos. general circulation: eddy regime

Lab Expt XI

 

8


9

Lecture 24

The ocean and its circulation

Read Chapter 9

10
11
12

VETERANS DAY

 

13
14

Lecture 25

Ocean circulation: inferences from balanced dynamics


15

 

 

16

Lecture 26

Ekman layers in the ocean

Lab Exp XII 

Read Chapter 10


17
18
19

Lecture 27

Taylor-Proudman on the sphere

20
21

Lecture 28

Laboratory model of wind-driven ocean circulation

Lab Exp XIII

22

Thanksgiving

23

Thanksgiving

24

 

December 2007

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
25

26

Lecture 29

Theory of ocean gyres

27
28

Lecture 30

Thermohaline Circulation

Read Chapter 11

29
30

Lecture 31

Theoretical ideas on thermohaline circulation

 1
2

3

Lecture 32

Laboratory model of thermohaline circulation

Lab Expt XIV

 


4
5

Lecture 33

The ocean and its role in climate

Read Chapter 12


6


7

Lecture 34

Source-sink flow and western boundary currents

Lab Expt XV


8
9 10

Revision

 

11

12

Revision:

last day of  classes

 

13 14 15

16
17

Exam week


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