Course materials for Winter 2020

Syllabus: [PDF]

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 online version is: here.

Find an error or typo? Please let me know! Thanks, Bill.

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 and

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