© 2006

Physical Oceanography

Developments Since 1950

  • Markus Jochum
  • Raghu Murtugudde

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Bruce A. Warren
    Pages 1-14
  3. Francis Bretherton
    Pages 15-27
  4. Kirk Bryan
    Pages 29-44
  5. Russ E. Davis
    Pages 45-66
  6. Michael J. McPhaden
    Pages 79-99
  7. Dennis Wilson Moore
    Pages 101-117
  8. Walter Munk
    Pages 119-138
  9. Joseph Pedlosky
    Pages 139-152
  10. S. George Philander
    Pages 153-163
  11. Hans Von Storch, Jürgen Sündermann, Lorenz Magaard
    Pages 203-237
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 239-250

About this book


Over the last five decades physical oceanography developed rapidly from a branch of fluid dynamics, with only a few observations, to a mature science with global field programs, large computer resources, and a complex theoretical framework. Today understanding of ice ages, global warming, or predictions of El Niño are to a large extent due to progress in understanding ocean physics. Therefore, it is important that the history of physical oceanography is made known so that citizens can understand the current state of climate sciences and policy makers can make informed decisions about future research.

This volume contains a historical introduction by Bruce Warren and twelve historical perspectives from world-renowned physical oceanographers.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Markus Jochum
    • 1
  • Raghu Murtugudde
    • 2
  1. 1.Oceanography SectionNational Center for Atmospheric ResearchBoulderUSA
  2. 2.ESSIC/UMDCollege ParkUSA

About the editors

Markus Jochum is an associate editor of Journal of Geophysical Research and Raghu Murtugudde is editor of Journal of Geophysical Research and associate editor of Journal of Climate.

The list of authors includes prominent scientists: Warren, Bretherton, Bryan, Davis, Godfrey, McPhaden, Moore, Munk, Pedlosky, Philander, Reid, Wunsch, and Wyrtki.

Bibliographic information


From the reviews:

"This book is an eclectic collection of science memoirs … . is unique in its approach and has something for everyone. I recommend it highly for students and young scientists, both for historical curiosity and because it will help them to assimilate past lessons learned into their own careers. But I also recommend if for older scientists who have lived through many of the developments of the last half-century, and who may wish to reflect on their own careers in the context of the book." (David B. Enfield, Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, March, 2007)