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Physical Oceanography

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

60 months
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About

The Physical Oceanography program of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) studies the life in the oceans—the distribution, abundance, and production of marine species along with the processes that govern species' spread and development.

Overview

These complex oceanic motions occur over a wide variety of space and time scales including:

  • Grand persistent currents, like the Gulf Stream and the wind-driven ocean gyres
  • Transient eddies and waves of all sizes and speeds from surface gravity waves, to slower internal waves beneath the sea surface, to planetary-scale Rossby waves
  • Estuary and rivers outflows onto the continental shelf
  • Coupled ocean-atmosphere interactions, both local and global

Physical oceanography has important applications in global climate and coastal studies. It is also a key element in interdisciplinary studies of primary production, hydrothermal vents, and oceanic flux and storage of carbon dioxide.

Air and water

There are similarities in how the atmosphere and the ocean move and, as such, physical oceanography has much in common with meteorology. As in the atmosphere, relatively intense frontal systems exist in the oceans. Mixing and stirring occurs across these oceanic fronts, caused by a variety of physical processes ranging...

  • From instabilities of large-scale currents such as the Gulf Stream that generate long-lived "rings," much as atmospheric storm systems are spawned from the Jet Stream
  • To salt fingers, no bigger than a centimeter, which produce efficient vertical exchanges of salt and heat between different water masses

Understanding the interactions between the atmosphere and the ocean is also a key challenge for physical oceanographers. The ocean and atmosphere drive each other in as yet poorly understood ways, with a multitude of consequences.

From lab to field

Physical oceanographers employ a wide variety of scientific skills and approaches, from the most descriptive to the most theoretical, to explain oceanic motions. Want to be both a theorist and an experimentalist? This field is one of the few areas of physics in which you can achieve that goal. In fact, students in the Physical Oceanography program of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have the opportunity, and indeed are encouraged, to develop skills and experience in both approaches.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • From instabilities of large-scale currents such as the Gulf Stream that generate long-lived "rings," much as atmospheric storm systems are spawned from the Jet Stream
  • To salt fingers, no bigger than a centimeter, which produce efficient vertical exchanges of salt and heat between different water masses

Key information

Duration

  • Full-time
    • 60 months

Start dates & application deadlines

Credits

150 alternative credits

Delivered

On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • In the application, you will be asked to supply the names and email addresses of three people to submit letters of recommendation on your behalf
  • Transcripts
  • You will be required to describe the grading system(s) used at all colleges and universities you have attended. Explain the specific meaning of any numeric values, letter grades, and rankings
  • English Language Proficiency (IELTS or TOEFL)
  • Statement of Objectives

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Living costs for Cambridge

1814 - 3756 USD /month
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