Oceanic Circulation Models: Combining Data and Dynamics

  • David L. T. Anderson
  • Jürgen Willebrand

Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (ASIC, volume 284)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Carl Wunsch
    Pages 1-77
  3. Robert A. Knox
    Pages 141-188
  4. D. J. Webb
    Pages 233-256
  5. J. Sheinbaum, D. L. T. Anderson
    Pages 287-302
  6. Berrien Moore III, Bert Bolin, Anders Björkström, Kim Holmén, Chris Ringo
    Pages 409-449
  7. Greg Holloway
    Pages 513-583
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 584-605

About this book


This book which is the outcome of a NATO-Advanced Study Institute on Mod­ elling the Ocean Circulation and Geochemical Tracer Transport is concerned with using models to infer the ocean circulation. Understanding our climate is one of the major problems of the late twentieth century. The possible climatic changes resulting from the rise in atmospheric carbon dioxide and other trace gases are of primary interest and the ocean pla. ys a ma. jor role in determining the magnitude, temporal evolution and regional distribution of those changes. Because of the poor observational basis the ocean general circulation is not well understood. The World Ocean Circulation Experiment (WOCE) which is now underway is an attempt to improve our knowledge of ocean dynamics and thermodynamics on global scales relevant to climate change. Despite those efforts, the oceanic data base is likely to remain scarce and it is crucial to use appropriate methods in order to extract the maximum amount of information from observations. The book contains a thorough analysis of methods to combine data of val'ious types with dynamical concepts, and to assimilate data directly into ocean models. The properties of geocl;temical tracers such as HC, He, Tritium and Freons and how they may be used to impose integral constraints on the ocean circulation are discussed.


Atlantic Ocean Distribution Inversion Map Ocean Scale Southern Ocean Wind satellite temperature

Editors and affiliations

  • David L. T. Anderson
    • 1
  • Jürgen Willebrand
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Planetary PhysicsOxford UniversityOxfordUK
  2. 2.Institut für MeereskundeUniversität KielKielGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1989
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-6946-5
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-1013-3
  • Series Print ISSN 1389-2185
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