Physical oceanography for marine sciences

Given with Dr. Smadar Ben-Tabou de-Leon
2 points credit.                                  
Grade breakdown: final exam (70%), exercises (30%).

The course aims to teach advanced students about the physical properties of ocean water and the physical processes within them, emphasizing the physical aspects that influence marine organisms. The course will discuss external (e.g., sun, earth rotation, winds, etc.) and internal (e.g., temperature and density) factors that drive physical processes in the ocean (stratification, currents, waves, etc.). Common mathematical formalism used to study these processes and get predictions will be introduced and practiced. The course will also describe the connection between physical factors and processes to biological processes and ecological systems.