Short course - Instabilities and Fluid Flows


The course will provide an overview of the concepts behind the occurrence of instabilities in fluid flows, of the methods for studying them, and of their relevance in a geophysical context. Classical problems such as the Rayleigh-Benard convection will be analysed thoroughly. Topics the students are already familiar with - such as the barotropic and baroclinic instability - will be approached from a more general standpoint, focusing on the necessary conditions for instability and on the transfer of energy between basic state and perturbation flow.

This will clarify the relevance of the classical Eady and Cherney models of baroclinic instability.

Learning outcomes

Students have gained a deeper and more general understanding of the instabilities in fluid flows and have learned to link some fundamental properties to the phenomenology of geophysical fluid systems.


PhD students, Post-Docs, Staff


Professor Valerio Lucarini (University of Hamburg and University of Reading)


July 4th - July 6th 2012 (block course)


July 4th: 14.00-17.00 (lectures)
July 5th: 9.30-12.30 (lectures) and 14.30-16.30 (Q&A, complements)
July 6th: 9.30-12.30 (lectures) and 14.30-16.30 (Q&A, complements)


Room 113, Mathematics Building, Whiteknights Campus

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