2019/20 Undergraduate Module Catalogue
SOEE2210 Atmosphere and Ocean Dynamics
10 creditsClass Size: 30
Module manager: Prof Doug Parker
Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable
Year running 2019/20
Pre-requisite qualificationsAppropriate level of maths (SOEE1301 and SOEE1311 or equivalent)
|SOEE1301||Intermediate Mathematics for Environmental and Geophysical S|
|SOEE1311||Advanced Mathematics for Environmental and Geophysical Scien|
This module is approved as a discovery module
Module summaryThis module deals with the way in which we can understand, interpret and predict the flow of air and of water in the Earth's environment. The syllabus beings with discussion of the general properties of fluids, with relevance to interpreting and understanding their motion (such as the evolution of vortices), before moving to explore the flows of air and water in the environment. Simple models related to atmospheric, oceanic and river flows will be developed. Two practicals, one of which is computer-based, are used to investigate these topics. The module would be of interest to any students interested in the physical environment and is relevant to many applications, such as pollution transport, hydrology or sedimentology. It would also represent a good introduction to fluid dynamics for Physical Scientists, or a complement to other fluids modules studied by Engineers or Mathematicians.
ObjectivesOn completion of this module, students will understand the basic principles of Newtonian fluid mechanics, with an emphasis on the flow of air and water. They will be familiar with the Navier-Stokes equations, and the scale analysis which leads to simplified forms that are used in practice. The behaviour of incompressible, inviscid flows will be covered in some detail. The module will illustrate the theoretical ideas by reference to observations of real environmental flows. Students will apply this knowledge to practical work using model and laboratory data. They will develop skills in managing and handling diverse data types.
The module places considerable emphasis on:
- recognising and using subject-specific theories, paradigms, concepts and principles.
The module places moderate emphasis on:
- analysing, synthesising and summarising information critically, including prior research;
- applying knowledge and understanding to address familiar and unfamiliar problems;
- collecting, recording and analysing data using appropriate techniques in the field and laboratory;
- receiving and responding to a variety of information sources (eg textual numerical, verbal, graphical);
- appreciating issues of sample selection, accuracy, precision and uncertainty during collecting, recording and analysis of data in the field and laboratory;
- solving numerical problems using computer and non-computer based techniques;
- identifying and working towards targets for personal, academic and career development;
- developing the skills necessary for self-managed and lifelong learning (eg working independently, time management and organisation skills).
The module places some emphasis on:
- collecting and integrating several lines of evidence to formulate and test hypotheses;
- planning, conducting and reporting on investigations, including the use of secondary data;
- referencing work in an appropriate manner;
- communicating appropriately to a variety of audiences in written, verbal and graphical form;
- preparing, processing, interpreting and presenting data, using appropriate qualitative and quantitative techniques and packages;
- using the Internet critically as a means of communication and a source of information;
- identifying individual and collective goals and responsibilities and performing in a manner appropriate to these roles;
- developing an adaptable and flexible approach to study and work.
Kinematics---vorticity and divergence; Lagranian and Eulerian frames of reference and the Lagrangian derivative; Continuity and state equations; Forces in a Newtonian fluid; The Navier Stokes equations and some basic solutions; Scale analysis and the Reynolds number; Bernoulli's theorem; Incompressible and irrotational flows; The vorticity equation; Some effects of buoyancy and stratification; Fluids on a rotating plane---the Coriolis force; Turbulence.
Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Private study hours||75.00|
|Total Contact hours||25.00|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||100.00|
Private study16 hours: practical preparation and write-up;
39 hours: reading and revision;
20 hours: examples preparation.
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackWritten feedback from project reports. Informal feedback in example classes.
Methods of assessment
|Assessment type||Notes||% of formal assessment|
|Report||1 project report. Structured questions / exercises linked to one of the practical classes.||30.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)||30.00|
Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated
|Exam type||Exam duration||% of formal assessment|
|Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)||1 hr 00 mins||70.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Exams)||70.00|
The re-sit for this module is by examination only. Marks for the coursework are combined with those for the examination if required to acheive a pass.
Reading listThe reading list is available from the Library website
Last updated: 30/04/2019
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