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Ocean Physics and Climate Change (GEOL0022)

Key information

Faculty
Faculty of Mathematical and Physical Sciences
Teaching department
Earth Sciences
Credit value
15
Restrictions
PHAS0002 Maths Methods I & PHAS0009 Maths Methods II are prerequisites for this module.

Alternative credit options

There are no alternative credit options available for this module.

Description

The module aims to describe and explain features of the ocean circulation that are important to the Earth's climate system using fundamental physical principles of mechanics and energy conservation. The course will also include a brief introduction to visualisation and processing of reanalysis and satellite data with Matlab/Python. Students will produce a summary of the previous week's content using the digital technology of their choice.

By the end of this module students will have the:

  • basic understanding of the physical processes that control the ocean dynamics;
  • capacity to formulate various ocean and climate related problems (i.e. greenhouse effect, ocean dynamics, wave propagation, sea ice melt and growth) in simple mathematical form;
  • gain understanding of the ocean system, its response to climate change and the implications for human societies;
  • knowledge and practical application of data handling and visualisation techniques in the Earth sciences, specifically in polar oceanography.

PHAS0002 Maths Methods I & PHAS0009 Maths Methods II are prerequisites for this module.

Module deliveries for 2020/21 academic year

Intended teaching term: Term 1     Postgraduate (FHEQ Level 7)

Teaching and assessment

Mode of study
Face-to-face
Methods of assessment
50% Unseen two and a half hour written examination
20% Two problem sheets
30% End of year oral presentation
Mark scheme
Numeric Marks

Other information

Number of students on module in previous year
0
Module leader
Dr Michel Tsamados
Who to contact for more information
m.tsamados@ucl.ac.uk

Intended teaching term: Term 1     Undergraduate (FHEQ Level 7)

Teaching and assessment

Mode of study
Face-to-face
Methods of assessment
50% Unseen two and a half hour written examination
20% Two problem sheets
30% End of year oral presentation
Mark scheme
Numeric Marks

Other information

Number of students on module in previous year
0
Module leader
Dr Michel Tsamados
Who to contact for more information
m.tsamados@ucl.ac.uk

Intended teaching term: Term 1     Undergraduate (FHEQ Level 6)

Teaching and assessment

Mode of study
Face-to-face
Methods of assessment
70% Unseen two and a half hour written examination
20% Two problem sheets
10% Group Presentation - 2-3 Students (10-15 Minutes)
Mark scheme
Numeric Marks

The methods of assessment for affiliate students may be different to those indicated above. Please contact the department for more information.

Other information

Number of students on module in previous year
23
Module leader
Dr Michel Tsamados
Who to contact for more information
m.tsamados@ucl.ac.uk

Last updated

This module description was last updated on 5th March 2020.