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Workshop “Oceanic circulation and its links to climate”
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Principle Lecturer: Rui Xin Huang

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution,Woods Hole, USA

 This workshop will consist of four days (May 12-15, 2010) formal lectures in the morning; these lectures are aimed at a general audience who is interested in learning the oceanic circulation and its connection to climate, but has no previous background in dynamical oceanography or fluid dynamics. Thus, the lectures will be mostly focused on the presentation of the relevant physical ideas and facts, without relying on too much mathematical or complex theory. The afternoon sessions are reserved for discussion. Young scientists are encouraged to present their recent advance in oceanic circulation and climate.

Woods Hole is one of the leading private research institutes in the world. Dr. Huang is a leading expert in large-scale oceanic general circulation, including wind-driven and thermohaline circulation. He has taught introductory and advanced courses of oceanic circulation in the MIT/Woods Hole Joint Program in Oceanography and Ocean engineering for many years. 

Lecture outline:

1. Introduction and energetics of the oceanic circulation

2. Wind-driven circulation

3. Water mass formation, its meaning for climate and carbon dioxide balance

4. Deep circulation

5. Freshwater and haline circulation

6. Thermohaline circulation, multiple solutions, thermohaline catastrophe, and climate 

Reference book:

Rui Xin Huang, 2010: Ocean circulation, wind-driven and thermohaline processes, Cambridge Press , 806 pp.


Institute of Earth Envitonment, Chinese Academy of Sciences

No.10 Fenghui South Road, Hi-tech Zone, Xi’an Shaanxi, 710075 China

Agenda: May 12-15, 2010




May 12

Lecture 1 & 2


May 13

Lecture 3

Visit State Key Laboratory of Loess and Quaternary Geology

May 14

Lecture 4 & 5

Presentation and discussion

May 15

Lecture 6

Loess section study tour


NO Rgistration Fee. Food and accommodation need to be taken care of oneself.

Contact: Sun Youbing

         Tel: 029-88321862 Email: sunyb@ieecas.cn

 Please send registration form ro sunyb@ieecas.cn

 Registration deadline: April 15, 2010

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