701-0479-00L  Environmental Fluid Dynamics

SemesterAutumn Semester 2023
LecturersH. Wernli, M. Röthlisberger
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionGerman


701-0479-00 GUmwelt-Fluiddynamik2 hrs
Fri14:15-16:00ML F 34 »
H. Wernli, M. Röthlisberger

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AbstractThis course covers the basic physical concepts and mathematical equations used to describe environmental fluid systems on the rotating Earth. Fundamental concepts (e.g. vorticity dynamics and waves) are formally introduced, applied quantitatively and illustrated using examples. Exercises help to deepen knowledge of the material.
ObjectiveStudents are able
- to name the basics, concepts and methods of environmental fluid dynamics.
- to understand and discuss the components of the basic physical equations
- to mathematically solve basic equations for simple problems of environmental fluid dynamics.
The competencies of process understanding and system understanding are taught, applied and examined.
ContentBasic physial terminology and mathematical laws:
Continuum hypothesis, forces, constitutive laws, state equations and basic principles of thermodynamics, kinematics, laws of mass and momentum on rotating earth.
Concepts and illustrative flow sytems: vorticity dynamics, boundary layers, instability, turbulence - with respect to environmental fluid systems.
Scale analysis: dimensionles variables and dynamical similarity, simplification of the fluid system, e.g. shallow water assumption, geostrophic flow.
Waves in environmental fluid systems.
Lecture notesIn english language
LiteratureWill be presnted in class.
See also: web-site.
Subject-specific CompetenciesConcepts and Theoriesassessed
Method-specific CompetenciesAnalytical Competenciesassessed
Personal CompetenciesCreative Thinkingassessed
Critical Thinkingassessed

Performance assessment

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Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits3 credits
ExaminersH. Wernli, M. Röthlisberger
Typeend-of-semester examination
Language of examinationGerman
RepetitionA repetition date will be offered in the first two weeks of the semester immediately consecutive.
Mode of examinationwritten 105 minutes
Written aidskeine

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Offered in

Earth and Climate Sciences BachelorElectivesWInformation
Environmental Sciences BachelorFor the Specialization in Atmosphere and ClimateWInformation
Environmental Sciences BachelorEnvironmental PhysicsWInformation