Modelling Oceanic Climate Interactions

  • Jürgen Willebrand
  • David L. T. Anderson
Conference proceedings

Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (volume 11)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIII
  2. George Philander
    Pages 35-65
  3. A. Colin de Verdière
    Pages 151-183
  4. Catherine Goyet, Peter G. Brewer
    Pages 271-297
  5. Martin Heimann
    Pages 299-336
  6. Michael Whitfield
    Pages 337-371
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 465-472

About these proceedings


The ocean plays a central role in determining the climate of the earth. The oceanic circulation largely controls the temporal evolution of cli­ mate changes resulting from human activities such as the increase of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, and also affects the magnitude and regional distribution of those changes. On interannual and longer time scales the ocean is, through its interaction with the atmosphere, a source of important natural climate variations which we are only now beginning to recognise but whose cause has yet to be properly determined. Chem­ ical and biological processes in the ocean are linked to climate change, particularly through interaction with the global carbon cycle. A quantitative understanding of the oceanic role in the climate system requires models which include many complex processes and interactions, and which are systematically verified with observations. This is the ob­ jective of global research programs such as TOGA, WOCE, and JGOFS. Coupled numerical models of the oceanic and atmospheric circulation constitute the basis of every climate simulation. Increasingly it is recog­ nized that in addition a biological/chemical component is necessary to capture the pathways of carbon and other trace gases. The development of such coupled models is a challenging task which needs scientists who must be cognizant of several other disciplines beyond their own specialty.


Greenhouse gas Kohlenstoff-Kreislauf Meteorology Ocean Ocean circulation Oceanography Ozeanische Zirkulation Scale carbon cycle hydrological cycle hydrologischer Kreislauf

Editors and affiliations

  • Jürgen Willebrand
    • 1
  • David L. T. Anderson
    • 2
  1. 1.Institut für MeereskundeUniversität KielKielGermany
  2. 2.Department of Atmospheric Physics, Clarendon LaboratoryUniversity of OxfordOxfordUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1993
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-84977-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-84975-6
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