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12.808 Introduction to Observational Physical Oceanography, Fall 2004

Ocean color map of the Pacific.
An ocean color map of the Pacific Ocean as of July 31st, 1993. (Image courtesy of Tetjana Ross.)

Highlights of this Course

This course includes assignments and a complete set of lecture notes.

Course Description

Observational physical oceanography includes topics such as the  physical description of the sea, the physical properties of seawater, methods and measurements, wind-driven ocean circulation, abyssal ocean circulation, boundary processes, and wave motions.

Technical Requirements

MATLAB® software is required to view and run the .m, .mat, .loc, .ctd and .lad files found on this course site. File decompression software, such as Winzip® or StuffIt®, is required to open the .zip files found on this course site.



Prof. Raffaele Ferrari
Dr. Terrence Joyce

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session




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