Course Announcement for SMS 591

Dynamical Oceanography I

Drs. Huijie Xue and Neal R. Pettigrew

School of Marine Sciences

University of Maine

Phone: 581-4318,


This course covers physical principals fundamental to the study of the oceans; the equations of motion for rotating fluids; circulation theorem and conservation of potential vorticity; scale analysis; boundary conditions; surface gravity waves; rotation effects in homogeneous oceans. Prerequisites: OCE 541 or equivalent, fluid mechanics and partial differential equations. Cr. 3.






Cushman-Roisin: Introduction to Geophysical Fluid Dynamics, Prentice Hall

Gill: Atmosphere-Ocean Dynamics, Academic Press


Lecture Notes