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**Quasi-Balanced Circulations in Oceans and Atmospheres
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*12.803*

**Raffaele Ferrari**
** Fall 2005**
**Course Notes**
- Sep 7: Introduction
- Sep 12: Balance in barotropic flows
- Sep 14: Balance in shallow water equations - Salmon, LGFD, chapter 2
- Sep 21: Balance and the quasi-geostrophic approximation - Salmon, LGFD, chapter 2
- Sep 26: Rossby and gravity waves in shallow water equations - Salmon, LGFD, chapter 2
- Sep 28: Gravity waves, QG and the slow manifold - Salmon, LGFD, chapter 2
- Oct 3: Linear geostrophic adjustment: theory - Salmon, LGFD, chapter 2
- Oct 5: Linear geostrophic adjustment: examples - Salmon, LGFD, chapter 2
- Oct 12: Nonlinear geostrophic adjustment
- Oct 17: Ertel potential vorticity - Salmon, LGFD, chapter 4
- Oct 19: QG in stratified flows
- Oct 24: Class canceled to celebrate Elena's birth
- Oct 26: Balance and invertibility in stratified flows
- Oct 31: Eady edge waves
- Nov 2: Barotropic instability - Vallis, chapter 6
- Nov 7: Barotropic instability - Vallis, chapter 6
- Nov 9: Rayleigh and Fjortof theorems - Vallis, chapter 6
- Nov 14: Eddy-mean flow and vortex-vortex interactions in barotropic flows - simulations
- Nov 16: Baroclinic instability: Eady problem
- Nov 21: Baroclinic instability: Eady problem
- Nov 23: Heuristic dicussion of the Eady problem
- Nov 28: Eddy-mean flow interactions in the Eady problem
- Nov 30: Charney-Stern criterion and baroclinic instability
- Dec 5: Baroclinic instability: Charney problem
- Dec 7: Quasi-gesotrophic turbulence - Notes and simulations