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Physical Oceanography I

Master's level | 15 credits | Course code: OCM100
Autumn 2020
100% Day
Period: 31 August 2020 - 2 November 2020
2) Only EU/EEA citizens and students with approved residence permit in Sweden can apply

About the Course

The course gives a basic introduction to the principles governing motion in the the ocean, covering scales from the smallest turbulent eddies to the world ocean circulation. Great emphasis is put on the usage of quantitative mathematical expressions for describing physical phenomena. Many problems of fluid motion demand numerical methods to be solved and the course includes computer exercises in finding numerical solutions.

The course covers the following topics: Basic properties of a fluid in motion (including the governing equations for mass-conservation, momentum and energy), coordinate-systems and effects planetary rotation, simplification of equations using dominant scales of length and time, laminar flow, processes of diffusion, vorticity, geostrophic flows, thermal wind, turbulence, effects of friction, Ekman layers and basic ocean circulation.

Course Syllabus


Requirements and Selection

Requirements: 120 credits within natural science, including at least 15 credits in mathematics (calculus and linear algebra), is required.

Selection: Selection is based upon the number of credits from previous university studies, maximum 225 credits.

Tuition Fee

Application fee: 900 SEK
Full course cost: 29 750 SEK
First payment: 29 750 SEK

EU/EEA citizens, Swedish residence permit holders and exchange students do not pay fees. More information on:

Study Guidance

Barbara Casari
Contact form
031 - 786 3763
Carl Skottsbergs gata 22B


Department of Marine Sciences
Box 461
40530 Göteborg
Visiting address: Carl Skottsbergs gata 22 B

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