In the ocean the main gyres responsible for how the sea circulates are generated by the climatic winds. In this project you will derive the equations that govern this process from first principles. These equations will then be solved in order to understand why there are strong currents on the western side of every world ocean. This project will appeal to those who enjoy using idealized mathematics to understand how the ocean moves. There are some opportunities for using numerical techniques, but primarily this is a theoretical project.
Supervisor: Prof Phil Dyke