SIO 219, 1 unit S/U
Professor Paola Cessi
pcessi at
Phone: 858 534 0622
Office: Keck room 366 - this is on the 3rd floor of Keck, south-west corner.

Meetings Friday 3:30pm, Keck Conference Room

Description The theme of the theory seminar this quarter is GEOSTROPHIC TURBULENCE. There'll be a mixture of research seminars and student-led presentations of key papers. Students are encouraged to register for the class, and participation by interested post-docs and faculty is very welcome.

Course Requirements Students should register as S/U. Registered students will be expected to present at least one paper during the quarter and participate in the discussion each week.

The reading list below is under development. Participants are encouraged to suggest papers that they like to read and discuss.


1. Fjortoft, R. 1953. On the Changes in the Spectral Distribution of Kinetic Energy for Twodimensional, Nondivergent Flow. Tellus, 5,225-230

1a. Salmon, R. 1998. Lectures on Geophysical Fluid Dynamics. Chapter 4: Vorticity and Turbulence (sections 8 and 9). Oxford University Press.

2. Salmon, R. 1982. Geostrophic Turbulence , in "Topics in Ocean Physics", Proceedings of the International School of Physics Enrico Fermi (July 1980), Course LXXX, published 1982, A. R. Osborne & P. Malanotte Rizzoli, editors.

3a. Larichev, V. D., and I. M. Held 1995. Eddy amplitudes and fluxes in a homogeneous model of fully developed baroclinic instability. J. Phys. Oceanogr., 25, 2285-2297.

3b. Held, I.M, and V.D. Larichev 1996. A scaling theory for horizontally homogeneous, baroclinically unstable flow on a beta plane. J. Atmos. Sci., 53, 946-952.

4. Smith, K. S., et al. 2002. Turbulent diffusion in the geostrophic inverse cascade J. Fluid Mech., 469, 13-48.

5a. Charney, G. C. 1971. Geostrophic Turbulence, J. Atmos. Sci., 28, 1087-1095.

5b. Nastrom, G. D., and K. So Gage 1985. A climatology of atmospheric wavenumber spectra of wind and temperature observed by commercial aircraft. J. Atmos. Sci. 42 (1985): 950-960.

6a. Tung, K. K., and Orlando, W. W. 2003. The k-3 and k-5/3 energy spectrum of atmospheric turbulence: Quasigeostrophic two-level model simulation. J. Atmos. Sci,, 60, 824-835.

6b. Tulloch, R., & Smith, K. S. 2006. A theory for the atmospheric energy spectrum: Depth-limited temperature anomalies at the tropopause. Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci., 103, 14690-14694.

7a. Capet, X. et al. 2008. Mesoscale to submesoscale transition in the California Current System Part III: energy balance and flux 2008, J. Phys. Oceanogr., 38, 2256-2269.

7b. Molemaker, M.J. et al. 2010. Balanced and unbalanced routes to dissipation in an equilibrated Eady flow, 2010, J. Fluid. Mech., 654, 35-63.

8a. Klein, P. et al. 2008. Upper Ocean Turbulence from High-Resolution 3D Simulations. J. Phys. Oceangr, 38, 1748-1763.

8b. Scott, R.K. 2006. Local and nonlocal advection of a passive scalar, Phys. Fluids, 18, 116601.

10. Rhines, P.B., The dynamics of unsteady currents. The Sea, ideas and observations on progress in the study of the seas ; v. 6: Marine Modeling.

11.a Waite, M.L. and P. Bartello 2006. The transition from geostrophic to stratified turbulence. J. Fluid Mech., 568, 89-108.

11.b Marino et al. 2015. Resolving the Paradox of Oceanic Large-Scale Balance and Small-Scale Mixing. Phys. Rev. Lett., 114, 114504:1-5.


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