Geophysical Fluid Dynamics

Geophysical fluid dynamics treats the behavior of fluids under the constraints and boundary conditions found in the sea. Fluid motions in the ocean are affected, for example by rotation of the earth, geometry of the basin, frictional characteristics of the seabed, the pull of the sun and moon, and buoyancy effects from fluxes of fresh water. Issues include transfer of momentum and heat from winds to the sea and extend to other disciplines, for example, in the delivery of subsurface nutrients to surface waters.

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