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OCEN321 Ocean Physics and Modelling

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Simulated surface current speed from a realistic ocean model of the circulation around New Zealand.

Semester Two, 18 points
Lectures: Tuesday and Wednesday at 9am.
Computer Laboratory: Thursday 2–5pm.
Prerequisites: MATH 170
Course Coordinator: Dr Ata Suanda

The ocean is a critical component of the earth’s climate system. This paper provides a hands-on approach to analytic and numerical modelling of oceanic processes. Lectures introduce the techniques used to solve equations that represent hydrodynamic processes in the ocean, computer laboratory sessions provide practical experience with computer coding (MATLAB) and an open-source ocean model (Regional Ocean Model System – ROMS). In this paper, students learn fundamental ocean physical processes, the issues that arise from numerically solving differential equations (i.e., models), and how to critically evaluate results from numerical simulations.

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