The course covers central concepts in physical oceanography and fundamental dynamical phenomena exhibited by ocean circulation. The wind-driven and the thermohaline ocean circulations are explained on the basis of theory and illustrated with observations. The course focuses on large-scale ocean circulation but coastal circulation, oceanic wave phenomena and small-scale processes are also included.

Course description

The course includes a research cruise with R/V ELECTRA (here link to: where students will learn basic methods for observational oceanography.

Admittance requirements

Knowledge corresponding to Atmospheric Physics and Chemistry, 30 hp (MO4000), or Meteorology I, 15 HECs (MO8001) and Meteorology II, 7.5 HEC's (MO8002). Also required is knowledge equivalent to English B/6.


The schedule will be published at least one month before the course starts.

Schedule for autumn 2020

Course literature

  • Geoffrey K. Vallis: Essentials of Atmospheric and Oceanic Fluid Dynamics, Cambridge University Press, 2019.
  • E. Gill, Atmosphere-Ocean Dynamics, Academic Press, 1982.

This will be complemented by lectures notes and scientific papers.


The syllabus is a formal document for the course:

Course material

Grading criteria, course literature and other material and correspondence related to the course will be available on the course Athena-site at or you can ask the responsible lecturer.

Upcoming courses

Starts during the second half of the autumn semester.


Via (Swedish) or (English). For more information see Application and admissions.