Oceanography is the study of the deep sea and shallow coastal oceans. The branches such as biology, chemistry, geology and physics together make oceanography a richly interdisciplinary science. Oceans do not operate alone but interacts with the atmosphere, continents and ice-cover. Physical Oceanography is the study of physical processes in the oceans and its interaction with land, ice and atmosphere by applying the fundamental laws of physics. Oceans are important because of its biodiversity, as a source of resources (minerals, natural gas, fishery, freshwater), source of energy and most importantly influences the weather and climate of Earth. The major topics of study are:

Geophysical Fluid Dynamics

Geophysical fluid dynamics is the study of naturally occurring, large-scale flows on Earth and other planets. It is applied to the motion of fluids in the ocean and outer core, and to gases in the atmosphere of Earth and other planets. The focus is on motions in the ocean and atmosphere. read more

Air Sea Interaction

The atmosphere and the ocean are closely linked by the transfer of heat, gases and energy from one to the other. Energy from the wind, blowing over the surface of the ocean, produces waves and currents. Similarly, the ocean surface absorbs most of the heat from the sun and the surface currents move this warm water around the world and warm the atmosphere from below. Greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide are transferred between atmosphere and ocean and influence the climate of Earth. read more

Ocean Dynamics

The response of ocean water to internal and external forces are represented in mathematical terms as conservation equations and are solved to understand and predict its behaviour. Conservation equations are written for mass, heat, mechanical energy, momentum and vorticity.

Satellite Oceanography

The advent of ocean-observing satellites created a new era of marine discovery. Remotely sensed satellite data and modeling techniques enable the global mapping of seasonal changes in ocean surface topography, currents, waves, winds, phytoplankton content, sea-ice extent, rainfall, sunlight reaching the sea, and sea surface temperature. read more

Numerical Ocean Modeling

Numerical ocean modeling involves the method of solving the partial differential equations governing oceanic flows using numerical methods. Modeling helps understanding the ocean processes and is a tool for prediction.read more

CAT 2016 admission : Counselling for M.Sc. Oceanography and M. Tech. Ocean Technology begins

Field trip for coastal studies

Oceanic cruise onboard Matsyakumari vessel of CIFT

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