12.808 Introduction to Observational Physical Oceanography

Fall 2004

Ocean color map of the Pacific.
An ocean color map of the Pacific Ocean as of July 31st, 1993. (Image courtesy of NASA.)

Course Highlights

This course includes assignments and a complete set of lecture notes.

Course Description

Observational physical oceanography includes topics such as the  physical description of the sea, the physical properties of seawater, methods and measurements, wind-driven ocean circulation, abyssal ocean circulation, boundary processes, and wave motions.

Technical Requirements

Special software is required to use some of the files in this course: .m, .mat, .loc, .ctd, .lad, .zip.

*Some translations represent previous versions of courses.

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Prof. Raffaele Ferrari
Dr. Terrence Joyce

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session