# Book: Geophysical Flows (Omta)

- 3. The Coriolis Force
- The Coriolis force is a central element of the dynamics of ocean and atmosphere flows. A rigorous derivation using vector calculus is given in many textbooks on classical mechanics, but such derivations are often not the most effective way to obtain a conceptual understanding. Therefore, we will provide a more intuitive qualitative explanation here.

### Contributors

Dr. Anne Willem Omta (MIT)

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