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 "Transformed Eulerian Mean/ Residual mean theory with applications to the dynamics of the Antarctic Circumpolar Current". 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.


1a. Vallis, G.K. Atmospheric and Oceanic Fluid Dynamics (2nd edition). Chapter 4: Waves, Mean Flows and their Interaction. Preprint.

1b. Andrews, D.G., Holton, J.R., Leovy C.B. Middle Atmosphere Dynamics. Chapter 3: Basic Dynamics. Academic Press.

1c. Buhler, O. 2014. A gentle stroll through EP flux theory. European Journal of Mechanics B/Fluids 47 (2014) 12–15.

2. Young, W.R. 2012. An Exact Thickness-Weighted Average Formulation of the Boussinesq Equations. J. Phys. Oceanogr., 42, 692-707.

3. Salmon, R. 2016. Variational treatment of inertia-gravity waves interacting with a quasigeostrophic mean flow. J. Fluid Mech., sub judice.

4a. Gent, P.R. and Mcwilliams, J.C., 1990. Isopycnal mixing in ocean circulation models. J. Phys. Oceanogr., 20, pp.150-155.

4b. Griffies, S.M. 1998. The Gent-McWilliams Skew Flux. J. Phys. Oceanogr., 28, 831-841.

5a. Marshall, J. and Radko, T., 2003. Residual-Mean Solutions for the Antarctic Circumpolar Current and Its Associated Overturning Circulation. J. Phys. Oceanogr., 33, 2341-2354.

5b. Karsten, R.H. and Marshall, J., 2002. Constructing the residual circulation of the ACC from observations. Journal of physical oceanography, 32, 3315-3327.

6a. Radko, T. and Marshall, J., 2006. The Antarctic Circumpolar Current in three dimensions. J. Phys. Oceanogr., 36, 651–669.

6b. Thompson, A. F., A. L. Stewart, and T. Bischoff, 2016: A Multibasin Residual-Mean Model for the Global Overturning Circulation. J. Phys. Oceanogr., 46, 2583–2604.

7a. Gnanadesikan, A., 1999. A simple predictive model for the structure of the oceanic pycnocline. Science, 283(5410), 2077-2079.

7b. Nikurashin, M. and Vallis, G., 2012. A theory of the interhemispheric meridional overturning circulation and associated stratification. Journal of Physical Oceanography, 42, 1652-1667.

8a. Meredith, M. P. A. C. Naveira Garabato, A. McC. Hogg, and R. Farneti, 2012: Sensitivity of the Overturning Circulation in the Southern Ocean to Decadal Changes in Wind Forcing. J. Climate, 25, 99–110.

8b. Morrison, A.K. and Hogg, A.M., 2013. On the Relationship between Southern Ocean Overturning and ACC Transport, 43, 140-148.


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