2007 Program of Study: Boundary Layers
WOODS HOLE OCEANOGRAPHIC INSTITUTION MA
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The topic of the Principal Lectures for the forty-ninth year of the program was Boundary Layers. The subject centers around those problems in which the boundary conditions lead to a large gradient near the boundary. Nine of this years principal lectures were given by Joe Pedlosky and the tenth was given by Steve Lentz. The fluid mechanics of boundary layers was reviewed, first starting from its classical roots and then extending the concepts to the sides, bottoms, and tops of the oceans. During week four, a mini-symposium on Ocean Bottom and Surface Boundary Layers gathered a number of oceanographers and meteorologists together to report recent advances. And, finally, Kerry Emanuel of MIT delivered the Sears Public Lecture to a packed hall in Clark 507. The title was Divine Wind The History and Sciences of Hurricanes. The ten student projects continue to constitute the heart of the summer GFD experience. These are studies of new, original, and tractable problems by our fellows, who are in the midst of their graduate work. Some of the studies are already continuing to grow to fill projects to be published in due course. Whatever the results of this summers experience are for each fellow, be it a fully finished work, new ideas, fearless and honest inquiry, or simply experience working with a staff member in our craft, we wish our fellows well in their future studies and research.
- Fluid Mechanics