Water World

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office
Thursday, March 22, 2012

Illari and Marshall's 'Weather in a tank' demonstrations help students grasp fluid dynamics. The setup — a clear circular basin of water on a rotating platform that simulates Earth's spin — illustrates weather phenomena such as atmospheric cyclones, fronts, jets, and ocean currents and eddies.

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Since 2001, Lodovica Illari and John Marshall have worked to make rotating fluid dynamics more intuitive for undergraduate students studying weather and climate, using a demonstration aptly named Weather in a tank.

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Lodovica Illari

Weather in a tank

John Marshall

Illari, l. et al (2009), “WEATHER IN A TANK”—Exploiting Laboratory Experiments in the Teaching of Meteorology, Oceanography, and Climate Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 90, 1619–1632, doi: 10.1175/2009BAMS2658.1

Mackin, K.K., N. Cook-Smith, L. Illari, J. Marshall and P. Sadler (2012), The effectiveness of Rotating Tank Experiments in Teaching Undergraduate Courses in Atmospheres, Oceans and Climate Sciences, Journal of Geoscience Education, February 2012, Vol. 60, No. 1, pp. 67-82, doi: 10.5408/10-194.1