Elements of Physical Oceanography

A derivative of the Encyclopedia of Ocean Sciences

Edited By

  • John Steele, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
  • Steve Thorpe, National Oceanography Centre, Southampton, and Bangor University, U.K.
  • Karl Turekian, Yale University, Connecticut, USA

Elements of Physical Oceanography is a derivative of the Encyclopedia of Ocean Sciences, 2nd Edition and serves as an important reference on current physical oceanography knowledge and expertise in one convenient and accessible source. Its selection of articles?all written by experts in their field?focuses on ocean physics, air-sea transfers, waves, mixing, ice, and the processes of transfer of properties such as heat, salinity, momentum and dissolved gases, within and into the ocean. Elements of Physical Oceanography serves as an ideal reference for topical research.
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professionals, researchers, and graduate students in the marine sciences


Book information

  • Published: August 2009
  • ISBN: 978-0-08-096485-0

Table of Contents

Introduction1. Surface waves, tides and sea level2. The air-sea interface3. Boundary layers3.1 The upper ocean boundary layer

3.2 The benthic boundary layer

3.3 Under-ice boundary layer

4. Internal waves 5. Processes of diapycnal mixing6. Horizontal dispersion, transport and ocean properties7. Ice8. Processes in Coastal and Shelf SeasAppendices