Descriptive Physical Oceanography An Introduction

ISBN-10: 0750645520
ISBN-13: 9780750645522
Edition: 6th 2010
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List price: $99.95
Edition: 6th
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Elsevier Science & Technology Books
Publication date: 4/6/2011
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 560
Size: 7.75" wide x 9.45" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 3.278
Language: English

'Descriptive Physical Oceanography: An Introduction' 6th edition provides an introduction to descriptive (synoptic) physical oceanography for science undergraduates and early graduate students. There has been an updating of topics such as the heat budget, instruments (particularly the use of satellites), a complete revision of the material on equatorial oceanography, sea-ice physics and distribution and El Nino and information has been added on thermohaline circulation, mixing and coral reef oceanography.

George Pickard (1913-2007) was a Professor of Oceanography at the University of British Columbia (UBC) and was Director of the UBC Institute of Oceanography from 1958 to 1978. He received his B.A. and his Ph.D. in physics from Oxford. He was appointed to the UBC physics department after service in WWII. George was a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Royal Society of Canada, and the National Geographic Society.

Introduction to descriptive physical oceanography
Ocean dimensions, shapes and bottom materials
Physical properties of seawater
Typical distributions of water characteristics
Mass, salt and heat budgets and wind forcing
Data analysis concepts and observational methods
Dynamical processes for descriptive ocean circulation
Gravity waves, tides, and coastal oceanography
Atlantic Ocean
Pacific Ocean
Indian Ocean
Arctic Ocean and Nordic Seas
Southern Ocean
Global circulation and water properties
Supplemental texts (web only)
Brief history of physical oceanography
(expanded) Dynamical processes for descriptive ocean circulation
Gravity waves, tides, and coastal oceanography (additional materials)
Climate and the oceans
Instruments and Methods

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