National Institute of Aquatic Resources

Physical Oceanography

Physical Oceanography is the study of the physical properties of the oceans. From the properties of the water that fills them, to the shape of the ocean basins, to dynamics that sets them in motion, and their impact on life and climate, it is a study across scales and across disciplines.

This course is specifically designed to mesh with the expectations and expertise of students entering the Masters programme in Aquatic Science and Technology.


Topics covered include:

    • Properties of sea water, temperature, salinity and density
    • Oceanic heat budgets and atmosphere-ocean coupling
    • Dynamics I - Plantary rotation
    • Dynamics II - Geostrophy, wind driven circulation, gyres and boundary currents
    • Shelf seas, tides and storm surges
    • Estuaries, inlets and fjords
    • Regional Oceanography
    • High latitude seas¬†- the Arctic and the Southern Ocean
    • The Atlantic Ocean and water masses
    • The Pacific and equatorial current systems
    • The Indian Ocean and monsoons
    • Climatic variation in the oceans
    • Oceanic carbon pumps
    • Meridional Overturn- the thermohaline circulation
    • Palaeoceanography
    • Modern applied oceanography
Last updated 29.01.2016