Lecture 16: Currents and Winds 
Lecture 16: Currents and Winds
by UCLA / Edwin Schauble
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Date Added: December 5, 2010

Lecture Description

November 2, 2009

Currents in the Ocean
Surface Currents
Wind-Driven Currents
Pressure-Driven Currents
North Atlantic Surface Currents
Coriolis & currents
Ekman Spiral
Winds
Drag from the wind on surface water
Wind-dragged & Basin-Edge Currents
Final result: a loop of current, a Gyre
Coriolis “Geostrophic” Response
Ocean Basin Circulation

Major Current Systems
1. North Atlantic gyre
2. South Atlantic gyre
3. North Pacific gyre
4. South Pacific gyre
5. Indian Ocean gyre
6. Antarctic Circumpolar Current

Currents on each edge of a Gyre have names.
Transverse Currents
Antarctic Circumpolar Current
Current flow rate in the Gulf Stream

Lecture Notes: Wind 3, Current. and Current.

Course Index

Course Description

In this course, Prof. Edwin Schauble gives 27 video lectures on Introduction to Oceanography. This class provides a general introduction to geological, physical, chemical, and biological processes and history of Earth's global oceanic system.

Prerequisites
•High school science background
– Math: algebra & geometry, graphs
– Metric units
– Geography: maps, Earth's major features, longitude & latitude
– Chemistry: elements, atoms, molecules, chemical equations
– Physics: matter, density, waves, velocity, energy, gravity
– Biology: genus, species, evolution, plants & animals

Original Course Name: Earth & Space Science 15: Introduction to Oceanography.

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