Guia docente 2020_21
Facultad de Ciencias
Grao en Ciencias Ambientais
 Subjects
  Environmental physics
   Contents
Topic Sub-topic
Subject 1. Preliminaries 1.1. The system Earth.
1.2. The atmosphere
1.2.1. Atmospheric layers
1.2.2. Composition of the atmosphere.
1.2.3. Global wind circulation
1.3 Comparison between ocean and atmosphere
1.3.1. Density
1.3.2. Specific heat
1.3.3. Optical properties.
1.4. The ocean
1.4.1. Ocean layers
1.4.2. Buoyancy, stability and Brunt-Väisälä frequency
Subject 2. Thermodynamics 2.1. Introduction
2.2. Laws of the Termodinámica
2.2.1. First Law of the Termodinámica.
2.2.2. Second Law of the Termodinámica.
2.2.3. Third Law of the Termodinámica.
2.3. Latent heat
2.4. Transfer of thermal energy
2.4.1. Conduction
2.4.2. Radiation
2.4.3. Convection
2.4.4. Change of state
Subject 3. Earth’s energy budget 3.1. Introduction
3.2. Sun radiation
3.3. Incoming and outgoing radiation
3.4 Greenhouse effects
3.5. Earth’s energy budget
3.6. Variations in the Solar constant
3.7. Ocean energy budget
Subject 4. The equations of movement 4.1 Introduction
4.2 Fundamentals
4.3 Conservation of momentum
4.3.1 The gradient of pressure
4.3.2 The fictitious forces on Earth
4.3.3 Gravity
4.3.4 Friction forces
4.3.5 Conservation of momentum equations
in components
4.4 Conservation of mass
4.5 Turbulence

Subject 5. Atmospheric stability 5.1. Introduction
5.2. The hypsometric equation
5.3. Adiabatic gradients of temperature
5.4. The humidity
5.5. The potential temperature
5.6. Virtual temperature
5.7. Saturate adiabatic lapse
Subject 6. Geostrophic currents 6.1 Introduction
6.2 Hydrostatic balance
6.3 Geostrophic currents
6.3.1 Baroclinic and barotropic conditions
6.3.2 Sea level inclination
6.3.3 Equations of movement
6.3.4 Practical calculation of geostrophic
currents
6.3.5 Limitations

Subject 7. Oceanic currents generated by the wind 7.1 Introduction.
7.2 Equations of movement.
7.3 Wind induced transport.
7.4 Coastal upwelling.
7.5 Upwelling index.
7.6 Upwelling areas.


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