Ocean Mixing and Stirring  
  Principal Investigator: Dr. Miles A. Sundermeyer
msundermeyer@umassd.edu • 508-999-8892
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
School for Marine Science and Technology
 
 

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Research:

* Lidar Studies of Small- Scale Lateral Dispersion - LatMix
* 3D Dye Mapping using Airborne Lidar - Florida 2004 Pilot
* Lab Studies of Stirring by Small-Scale Geostrophic Motions
* Numerical Simulations of Vortical Mode Stirring
* Coastal Mixing & Optics (CMO)
(... More links coming soon!)
* The North Atlantic Tracer Release Experiment (NATRE)
(Links coming soon!)

Additional Links
* M. Sundermeyer's CV (PDF)

 

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OFFERED EVERY FALL BY VARIOUS INSTRUCTORS
NEXT TAUGHT BY M. SUNDERMEYER AND G. COWLES
FALL SEMESTER, 2018


Introductory Physical Oceanography
MAR 555 / PHY 550
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SMAST / UMass Dartmouth
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Lectures: Tuesdays & Thursdays 3:30-4:45 p.m.
Recitation: Mondays 4:00-5:10 p.m.
Instructors:
Miles A. Sundermeyer
Office: SMAST Rm 110A
Voice: 508-999-8892, Fax: 508-910-6371
msundermeyer@umassd.edu

Geoffry Cowles
Office: SMAST Rm 218A
Voice: 508-999-6973, Fax: 508-910-6371
gcowles@umassd.edu

 

Course Description

Description: A descriptive treatment of ocean atmosphere interactions, water properties, general wind-driven and thermohaline circulation, waves and tides, and coastal processes. Simplified conceptual models demonstrate the important principles. Taught via distance learning, from the Dartmouth Campus.

Primary Texts: Ocean Circulation, Open University Press, ISBN 978-0-7506-5278-0
Introduction to Physical Oceanography, Bob Stewart (download pdf)

Additional course materials will be available on-line.

Prerequisites: Permission of Instructor

Evaluation:

  • 30% homework assignments
  • 30% mid-term exam
  • 30% final exam
  • 10% class participation

Lecture Schedule

Lecture Schedule

Week 1: Introduction and Math Review
Week 2: Seawater Properties / Heat Flux Components
Week 3: Wind Forcing / Waves
Week 4: Tides / Field Plan
Week 5: Conservation (budgets, mass)
Week 6: Buzzards Bay Field Trip
Week 7: Newton's Laws
Week 8: Forces on Fluids / Momentum Conservation / Geostrophy
Week 9: Vorticity / Ekman Transport/Pumping
Week 10: More Geostrophy / Thermal Wind
Week 11: Turbulence & Mixing
Week 12: Watermass Formation / More Waves
Week 13: Estuaries
Week 14: Fronts / Global Heat Budgets / Climate
Week 15: Review / Final Exam

Prof. Miles A. Sundermeyer
The School for Marine Science and Technology
706 South Rodney French Blvd., New Bedford, MA 02744-1221
voice: 508.999.8892 fax: 508-910-6371 e-mail: msundermeyer@umassd.edu
www.smast.umassd.edu/msundermeyer