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PHYSICAL OCEANOGRAPHY

 

  • Short introduction to physical oceanography. The main questions.
  • The dynamical frame of the oceanic system.
  • The wind-driven gyres and the western boundary intensification.
  • Buoyancy-driven circulation and the abyssal circulation of the ocean.
  • Baroclinic waves in the ocean and the adjustment of the ocean circulation.
  • Equatorial dynamics and the El Nino system.
  • Ocean dynamics in the polar regions