Welcome to the Navy Operational Ocean Circulation and Tide Models Course!

Course Objective:

The goal of this course is to provide Navy users with the information necessary to make informed and intelligent use of the Navy's operational ocean circulation and tide models.

Who should take this course:

The course is aimed at senior AG's and junior officers who have not been to the Naval Postgraduate School. While the use of mathematical equations is kept to a minimum, some familiarity with physical oceanography concepts is assumed. Students will work with output from Navy models, and may perform some model runs themselves.

The course may be given as an instructor-led course, with credit transferable to other institutions, if a command will sponsor students to take the course. Alternatively, the materials are available for just-in-time learning and to use as a reference. A password is required to access the course materials on the model details.

Computer and Network Requirements:

The course is designed to be used on a standard desktop computer with Word, Powerpoint, and an internet connection and browser (IE 4.0 or higher, or Netscape 4.7 or higher). We also offer much of the course material on CD-ROM for use if student has limited or slow internet access, but live access is required to do the interactive exercises and to submit the assignments throughout the course. All of the course content is unclassified. Access to the SIPRNET is recommended to complete the scenario exercises, but archived files are provided as a substitute if necessary.


The materials presented here were developed by Leslie Rosenfeld and Arlene Guest, with assistance from Julie McClean and Robin Tokmakian, of the Department of Oceanography, Naval Postgraduate School. The course was taught for college credit in residence at the Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Professional Development Center in Gulfport MS over a 5-day period in September 2002. We thank CDR Kiser, LT Sigafoose, and all the NMOPDC staff for providing outstanding support during this time.

Numerous people provided figures and powerpoint slides, which are acknowledged within the course. Many individuals at the Naval Research Laboratory - Stennis Space Center, Fleet Numerical Meteorology and Oceanography Center, and the Naval Oceanographic Office patiently answered our questions and reviewed some of the course materials.

To our knowledge, the information presented here is accurate as of December 2002. The user should be aware, however, that Navy ocean modeling is rapidly evolving, both scientifically and operationally, so the operational centers should be contacted for the latest developments.

We gratefully acknowledge funding provided by the NMOPDC. Additional funding, instructional design and graphic support were also provided by the Office of Continuous Learning at the Naval Postgraduate School.

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If you would like more information about taking this course for credit, please contact the instructors, Prof. Rosenfeld and Arlene Guest at nom@nps.navy.mil.

Last modified 31 March 2003

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