Descriptive Physical Oceanography

An Introduction


  • Lynne Talley, Scripps Inst. of Oceanography, UCSD, La Jolla, CA, USA

The 6e of Descriptive Physical Oceanography provides an introduction to descriptive physical oceanography for advanced undergraduates and graduate students. The emphasis is on large-scale oceanography, based mainly in observations, with some topics from waves and coastal oceanography also included. Topics include the physical properties of seawater, heat and salt budgets, instrumentation, data analysis methods, introductory dynamics, oceanography and climate variability of each of the oceans and of the global ocean, and brief introductions to the physical setting, waves, and coastal oceanography.
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Book information

  • Published: April 2011
  • ISBN: 978-0-7506-4552-2

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction to descriptive physical oceanography
Chapter 2: Ocean dimensions, shapes and bottom materials
Chapter 3: Physical properties of seawater
Chapter 4: Typical distributions of water characteristics
Chapter 5: Mass, salt and heat budgets and wind forcing
Chapter 6: Data analysis concepts and observational methods
Chapter 7: Dynamical processes for descriptive ocean circulation
Chapter 8: Gravity waves, tides, and coastal oceanography
Chapter 9: Atlantic Ocean
Chapter 10: Pacific Ocean
Chapter 11: Indian Ocean
Chapter 12: Arctic Ocean and Nordic Seas
Chapter 13: Southern Ocean
Chapter 14: Global circulation and water properties

Supplemental texts (web only):
Chapter S1: Brief history of physical oceanography
Chapter S7: (expanded) Dynamical processes for descriptive ocean circulation
Chapter S8: Gravity waves, tides, and coastal oceanography (additional materials)
Chapter S15: Climate and the oceans
Chapter S16: Instruments and Methods