If you would understand anything, observe its beginning.   –Aristotle.

Course materials for Winter 2024

Syllabus: 2024

Smyth, W.D. & J.C. Carpenter, 2019 “Instability in Geophysical Flows“, Cambridge University Press.

The text is available via Amazon and other online retailers (Google the title for an up-to-date list). A free pdf version is: here. Find an error or typo in the text? Please let me know! Thanks, Bill.

Instability at Jupiter’s North Pole

In this composite image, derived from data collected by the Jovian Infrared Auroral Mapper (JIRAM) instrument aboard NASA’s Juno mission to Jupiter, shows the central cyclone at the planet’s north pole and the eight cyclones that encircle it. JIRAM collects data in infrared, and the colors in this composite represent radiant heat: the yellow (thinner) clouds are about 9 degrees Fahrenheit (-13C) in brightness temperature and the dark red (thickest) are around -181 degrees Fahrenheit (-83C). More information about Juno is online at http://www.nasa.gov/juno and http://missionjuno.swri.edu.

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