The Physical Oceanography of Sea Straits

  • L. J. Pratt

Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (ASIC, volume 318)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Case Studies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Ü. Ünlülata, T. Oğuz, M. A. Latif, E. Özsoy
      Pages 25-60
    3. N.-E. Ottesen Hansen, Jacob Steen Møller
      Pages 153-169
    4. Eric Lindstrom, Jeffrey Butt, Roger Lukas, Stuart Godfrey
      Pages 171-189
    5. Yalçın Arisoy, Adnan Akyarli
      Pages 225-236
  3. Hydraulics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 243-243
    2. Peter G. Baines, Henry Granek
      Pages 245-269
    3. Chris Garrett, Myriam Bormans, Keith Thompson
      Pages 271-294
    4. Thomas H. Kinder, Harry L. Bryden
      Pages 295-319
    5. K. M. Borenäs, L. J. Pratt
      Pages 321-341
    6. Stuart B. Dalziel
      Pages 343-371
  4. Waves, Tides and Time-Dependence

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 389-389
    2. K. R. Helfrich, W. K. Melville
      Pages 391-420
    3. W. Rockwell Geyer
      Pages 421-432
    4. J.-P. Germain, D. P. Renouard
      Pages 433-440
    5. N. A. Bray, C. D. Winant, T. H. Kinder, J. Candela
      Pages 477-491
  5. Outflows, Turbulence and Mixing

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 517-517
    2. Molly O. Baringer, James F. Price
      Pages 537-544
    3. T. Maxworthy
      Pages 567-574
  6. Current Research Problems

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 575-575
    2. Lawrence J. Pratt, Karl R. Helfrich
      Pages 577-580
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 581-587

About this book


Suppose one were given the task of mapping the general circulation in an unfamiliar ocean. The ocean, like our own, is subdivided into basins and marginal seas interconnected by sea straits. Assuming a limited budget for this undertaking, one would do well to choose the straits as observational starting points. To begin with, the currents flowing from one basin to the next, over possibly wide and time-varying paths, are confined to narrow and stable routes within the straits. Mass, heat and chemical budgets for individual basins can be formulated in terms of the fluxes measured across the straits using a relatively small number of instruments. The confinement of the flow by a strait can also give rise to profound dynamical conse­ quences including choking or hydraulic control, a process similar to that by which a dam regulates the flow from a reservoir. The funneling geometry can lead to enhanced tidal modulation and increased velocities, giving rise to local instabilities, mixing, internal bores, jumps, and other striking hydraulic and fine scale phenomena. In short, sea straits repre­ sent choke points which are observationally and dynamically strategic and which contain a full range of fascinating physical processes.


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Editors and affiliations

  • L. J. Pratt
    • 1
  1. 1.Woods Hole Oceanographic InstitutionWoods HoleUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1990
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-6789-8
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-0677-8
  • Series Print ISSN 1389-2185
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