This is an elective course that satisfies NWS government service (GS) requirements.
The ocean plays a vital role in the Earth system, both from a biological and physical
perspective. In this class we focus first on the physics of the ocean, including
the foundational ideas for ocean currents, waves, tides, and energy. Connections
are then made between the ocean and the atmosphere, with a special emphasis on the
transfer of sensible and latent heat and momemtum in the planetary boundary layer.
Finally, the role of the ocean in climate and climate change is examined.