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FYS-3030 Fluid dynamics of atmospheres and oceans - 10 stp

The course is administrated by

Faculty of Science and Technology

Type of course

The course is available as a singular course. The course is also available to exchange students and Fulbright-students.

The course will only be taught if there is a sufficient number of students. If you are interested in following the course, please contact the student advisor as soon as possible

Course contents

The course gives the basic theory for the large-scale dynamics of atmospheres and oceans and provides the foundation for more specialized studies of atmosphere and ocean dynamics. The course includes the fundamental equations for atmosphere and ocean fluid dynamics, the effects of rotation and stratification, the beta-plan approximation, the Boussinesq and anelastic equations, scaling relevant for the Earth atmosphere and ocean circulations, the Rossby number, static instability and gravity waves, the Ekman layer, the shallow-water approximation and its wave solutions, available potential energy, vorticity, potential vorticity, the circulation theorems, Rossby waves and barotropic and baroclinic instability.

Application deadline

Applicants from countries within EU/EEA: June 1st for the autumn semester and December 1st for the spring semester.

Exchange students and Fulbright students: 1 October for the spring semester and 15 April for the autumn semester.

Admission requirements

Admission requirements are a Bachelors degree in physics or similar education, including specialization in physics worth the equivalent of not less than 80 ECTS credits. Local admission, application code 9371 - singular courses at Master's level.  

Objective of the course

Knowledge - The student can

Skills - The student can

General competence - The student can

Language of instruction

The language of instruction is English and all of the syllabus material is in English. Examination questions will be given in English, but may be answered either in English or a Scandinavian language.

Teaching methods

Lectures: 40 hours Exercises: 20 hours


Coursework requirements:

Access to the examination requires completing and passing the coursework requirements



Assessment scale: letter grades A-F. A is the highest grade, F is failed.

Re-sit examination: There is no access to a re-sit examination in this course.


For more information see chapter 5 in Regulations for examinations at the UiT The arctic university of Norway 

Course overlap

FYS-8030 Fluid dynamics of Atmospheres and Oceans 8 stp
Lectures Autumn 2021
Lectures prof. Rune Grand Graversen
Kai-Uwe Eiselt
Gruppe 11 prof. Rune Grand Graversen