Turbulence in the Ocean and Atmosphere

Examples of turbulent flows.

Examples of turbulent flows at the surface of the sun, in the earth's atmosphere, in the Gulf Stream at the ocean surface, and in a volcanic eruption. (Images courtesy of NASA, NOAA and USGS.)

Instructor(s)

MIT Course Number

12.820

As Taught In

Spring 2007

Level

Graduate

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Course Features

Course Highlights

This course features a 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.

Flierl, Glenn, and Raffaele Ferrari. 12.820 Turbulence in the Ocean and Atmosphere, Spring 2007. (MIT OpenCourseWare: Massachusetts Institute of Technology), http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/earth-atmospheric-and-planetary-sciences/12-820-turbulence-in-the-ocean-and-atmosphere-spring-2007 (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA


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