Remember how Joke, Torge and I were working on building an affordable, home-made rotating tank to use in ocean dynamics teaching only last weekend? That session was inspired by a proposal that Torge submitted a while back, and which now got funded by PerLe, Kiel University’s project for successful teaching and learning (German abstract here). This is really exciting, it not only gives us official permission to play (well, someone will have to build the rotating tables and test the experiments, right?), it will also fund the collaboration and materials. Exciting!
We are planning to add hands-on experiments to the Bachelor-level “atmosphere and ocean dynamics” course at GEOMAR over the next year, but since there is no rotating table available, we want to build several (!) so several student groups can work on them at the same time. And you know me — what we do there will be documented and shared online not only by myself, but also by the students. So stay tuned, I see a lot of rotating tank experiments in our future! :-)
This is the kind of stuff we are going for (picture below shows old Hadley cell experiments from 2014)… Not quite there yet, but we will get there!