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Modelling of Large-Scale Circulation in Atmosphere and Ocean



Course format On-site
Date 2020-09-28 - 2020-11-01
Cost 17500 SEK

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 the 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 in both the geophysical phenomena as well as the shortcomings of the numerical model.

The exercises comprise

  • 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)


Knowledge corresponding to MO8007 Numerical methods in atmospheric science and oceanography 7.5 ECTS credits. Swedish upper secondary school course English B/English 6 or equivalent. Information about entry requirements on

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
  • present model results and relate these to the theory, both orally and in writing


ISCED Categories

Physical and chemical oceanography
Scientific modelling