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Overview

Understanding the complex interactions governing the Earth’s atmosphere and oceans has never been more important. This exciting interdisciplinary course gives you the opportunity to apply your mathematical skills to the topics central to studying climate change, environmental modelling and ocean circulation.

You’ll be trained in both modern applied mathematics and atmosphere-ocean science, combining teaching resources from the Schools of Mathematics, Computing, and Earth and Environment. The latter are provided by members of the School’s Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science, part of the National Centre for Atmospheric Science.

We are one of only a handful UK universities with the resources and expertise to offer interdisciplinary training in modern applied mathematics and atmosphere-ocean-climate science.

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On this course, you will focus on analysing the equations of fluid dynamics and thermodynamics via mathematical and numerical modelling. The programme is highly flexible, meaning you are free to choose options from applied mathematics, atmosphere-ocean science, numerical methods and scientific computation alongside the compulsory core applied maths and fluid dynamics modules. 

Topics are drawn from four broad areas:

·        Applied mathematics: asymptotic methods, fluid dynamics, mathematical theory of waves and stability of flow

·        Numerical methods and computing: discretization of ordinary and partial differential equations, algorithms for linear algebra, direct use of numerical weather and climate models

·        Atmospheric dynamics: structure of the atmosphere, dynamics of weather systems and atmospheric waves

·        Ocean dynamics: the large-scale ocean circulation, surface waves and tides

Modules are taught either by the School of Mathematics, the School of Earth and Environment or the School of Computing.

The course is divided into two parts: a set of taught modules, and a research project. Two-thirds of the course consists of taught modules, involving lectures and computer workshops.

Beyond a compulsory core of atmosphere-ocean fluid dynamics , students may choose options to suit their interests from applied maths (e.g. nonlinear dynamics), atmosphere-ocean science (e.g. climate change processes, weather forecasting), numerical methods and scientific computation. The final third of the course consists of an intensive summer project, in which students conduct an in-depth investigation of a chosen subject related to the course.


Visit the Atmosphere-Ocean Dynamics MSc page on the University of Leeds website for more details!

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