Climate & Oceans - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780080964829, 9780123785558

Climate & Oceans

1st Edition

Paperback ISBN: 9780080964829
eBook ISBN: 9780123785558
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 8th December 2009
Page Count: 647
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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.

Key Features

  • References related articles in physical oceanography to facilitate further research
  • Richly illustrated with figures and tables that aid in understanding key concepts
  • Includes an introductory overview and then explores each topic in detail, making it useful to experts and graduate-level researchers
  • Topical arrangement makes it the perfect desk reference


professionals, researchers, and graduate students in the marine sciences

Table of Contents

  • Surface Waves, Tides, and Sea Level

    • Elements of Physical Oceanography: Introduction

      • Editorial Advisory Board Members who helped in the production of this volume
    • Surface Gravity and Capillary Waves

      • Introduction
      • Basic Formulations
      • Linear Waves
      • The Group Velocity
      • Second Order Quantities
      • Waves on Currents: Action Conservation
      • Nonlinear Effects
      • Resonant Interactions
      • Parasitic Capillary Waves
      • Wave Breaking
      • See also
    • Wave Generation by Wind

      • Introduction
      • Theories of Wave Growth
      • Experiments and Observations
      • Numerical Modeling of the Wind Input
      • Conclusions
      • See also
    • Rogue Waves

      • Introduction
      • Surface Gravity Waves
      • Physical Mechanisms
      • Statistics of Large Waves
      • Experiments and Observations
      • Numerical Simulations
      • Conclusions
      • See also
    • Waves on Beaches

      • Introduction
      • The Dynamics of Incident Waves
      • Radiation Stress: the Forcing of Mean Flows and Set-up
      • Nonlinear Incident Waves
      • Vertically Dependent Processes
      • 2HD Flows - Circulation
      • Infragravity Waves and Edge Waves
      • Shear Waves
      • Conclusions
      • Nomenclature
      • See also
    • Wave Energy

      • Introduction
      • Wave Power: Resource and Exploitation
      • Economics of Wave Power Conversion
      • Concluding remarks
      • See also
    • Whitecaps and Foam

      • Introduction
      • Spilling Wave Crests: Stage A Whitecaps
      • Decaying Foam Patches: Stage B Whitecaps
      • Wind-Dependence of Oceanic Whitecap Coverage
      • Stabilized Sea Foam
      • Global Implications
      • See also
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