Physical Oceanography Demo Movies


The Web site will contain pictures, videos and descriptions of experiments demonstrating some of the principles of physical oceanography. At this time, the site is under construction - with little explanations available.

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Satoshi Sakai, Isawo Iizawa and Eiji Aramaki have produced an excellent CD-ROM of several geophysical fluid dynamic experiments. The CD-ROM is available for a modest charge. Please contact cd-service@gaia.h.kyoto-u.ac.jp for more details.

The original source is found at http://dennou-k.gaia.h.kyoto-u.ac.jp/library/gfd_exp/index.htm .

Dr. Sakai has kindly allow that site to be mirrored here



Example of Coriolis Force

Click here to see the MPEG movie of a ping pong moving across a non-rotating table.

Click here to see the MPEG movie of a ping pong moving across a rotating table. The camera is fixed to the table.

Example of Geostrophic Adjustment

To see the adjustment of a cylinder of light water in a non-rotating reference frame, click here for a side view or here for a top view.

To see the adjustment of a cylinder of light water in a rotating reference frame, click here for a side view or here for a top view.



Internal Wave Propagation in a Linearly Stratified Fluid

Click here to see the MPEG movie.

Watching a bit longer, we see the reflection of the waves off the side of the tanks and an interference pattern is present. Click here to see the MPEG movie.

Click here to see the MPEG movie.

Impulse Response

Click here to see the MPEG movie.

Double Diffusion

Click here to see the salt-finger MPEG movie.

Click here to see the diffusive-convection (bobber) MPEG movie.

Click here to see the diffusive convecting layer for a stably salt stratified fluid heated from below.

Double Diffusively-driven Intrusions

Click here to see the intrusions MPEG movie.

Click here to see the vertical dye streaks through finite intrusions.

Last Revised: 30 April 1997