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Physical Oceanography

Developments Since 1950

  • Unique in its combination of the three major subdisciplines in physical oceanography: observation, theory and modelling

  • Unique historical overview of the development of physical oceanography by truly leading people in the field

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Table of contents (13 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xii
  2. Historical Introduction

    • Bruce A. Warren
    Pages 1-14
  3. Reminiscences of MODE

    • Francis Bretherton
    Pages 15-27
  4. Modeling Ocean Circulation

    • Kirk Bryan
    Pages 29-44
  5. Contributions to Global Ocean Observations

    • Russ E. Davis
    Pages 45-66
  6. El Niño and Ocean Observations

    • Michael J. McPhaden
    Pages 79-99
  7. Reflections of an Equatorial Oceanographer

    • Dennis Wilson Moore
    Pages 101-117
  8. Ocean Acoustic Tomography

    • Walter Munk
    Pages 119-138
  9. A History of Thermocline Theory

    • Joseph Pedlosky
    Pages 139-152
  10. Sextant to Satellite

    • S. George Philander
    Pages 153-163
  11. Interview with Klaus Wyrtki, 25 February 1999

    • 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.

Keywords

  • Ocean
  • Oceanography
  • Weather
  • satellite
  • climate change

Reviews

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)

Editors and Affiliations

  • Oceanography Section, National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, USA

    Markus Jochum

  • ESSIC/UMD, College Park, USA

    Raghu Murtugudde

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

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eBook USD 169.00
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  • ISBN: 978-0-387-33152-2
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book USD 219.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 219.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)