AOS 202: Oceanic Currents and Biogeochemistry
Winter 2019
Classes are in Math. Sciences 7124A, Mon. & Wed., 2-3:30 (with
rescheduling and relocating as necessary).
Class material is available via the class web site on UCLA's Common
Collaboration and Learning Environment (CCLE) at
https://ccle.ucla.edu/course/view/19W-AOSCI202-1 (to be confirmed once
they set up for Winter, 2019). It will be used to distribute copies
of the course information, schedule, lecture slides, reading
assignments, homework sets, and occasional messages.
There are no specific prerequisites, but a general competence is
presumed in statistics and calculus, chemistry, biology, fluid
dynamics (even geophysical, e.g., internal and inertial waves,
geostrophic balance), and climate. Students are expected to
remedially inform themselves as necessary. Office hours can be
scheduled at the class or through jcm@atmos.ucla.edu.
Course activities are lectures, textbook reading, homework, and a
final exam. No midterm will be given, under that presumption that the
homework problems will be substantial enough to keep track of student
progress; I will be available for homework questions during each week.
The perspective of the course is on oceanic reality and the principal
ideas by which we understand it. It is not a highly technical or
mathematical treatment, although of course these are its underpinnings.
The readings and lectures are partly overlapping and distinctive in
their voices; you should study both.
The lecture topics are
1. Measurements & Observed Patterns
2. Equations & Models
3. Large-Scale Circulation
4. Biogoechemical Cycles
5. Surface Boundary Layer
6. Life in the Surface Layer
7. Interior Intrinsic Variability
8. Climate Changes
9. Coastal Currents and Ecosystems
The accompanying textbook is
Ocean Dynamics and the Carbon Cycle
by R. Williams and M. Follows, 2011, Cambridge Press
Hardback ISBN: 9780521843690 $84.99
Adobe eBook Reader ISBN: 9781139118408 $68.00
The book can be bought at the UCLA Bookstore or ordered directly,
http://www.cambridge.org/aus/catalogue/catalogue.asp?isbn=9780521843690
The eBook can be ordered from
http://www.cambridge.org/us/academic/subjects/earth-and-environmental-science/oceanography-and-marine-science/ocean-dynamics-and-carbon-cycle-principles-and-mechanisms?format=AR
and it may be available through the UCLA Bookstore with a discount, or
there may even be a market with former students.
Another useful reference book on observational physical oceanography
(but not a course text) is the free e-book by Talley, Pickard, Emery,
and Swift (Academic Press, 2011):
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/book/9780750645522 A somewhat
different take on the same subject (but not freely accessible) is
Modern Observational Physical Oceanography: Understanding the Global
Ocean by Wunsch (Princeton Press, 2015).