Elements of Physical Oceanography

Elements of Physical Oceanography

Pergamon International Library of Science, Technology, Engineering and Social Studies

1st Edition - January 1, 1965
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  • Author: Hugh J. McLellan
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483151939

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Elements of Physical Oceanography provides a broad look at most of the topics of concern to Physical Oceanography without treating any part of the subject matter completely or exhaustively. This book originated in a set of lecture notes for an introductory course in Physical Oceanography given by the author in the Department of Oceanography and Meteorology at Texas A&M University. The book is organized into three parts. Part I on descriptive oceanography covers topics such as nature of oceanographic data, the chemical nature of the ocean, the temperature of the ocean, and temperature-salinity relationships. Part II on oceanic movements discusses accelerations arising from mass distribution and the Earth’s rotation, geostrophic and wind driven currents, waves, and tides. Part III covers various topics such as sound propagation, the heat budget of the ocean, and estuaries. This book aims to provide the non-physical oceanographer with insight into the physical nature of the environment influencing his chosen studies. The physical oceanographer will be somewhat less than satisfied with the treatment and will wish to read the publications referred to and to follow the suggestions for additional reading.

Table of Contents

  • Preface


    Part I. Descriptive Oceanography

    Chapter 1. The Oceans in Perspective

    Chapter 2. The Nature of Oceanographic Data

    Chapter 3. The Chemical Nature of the Ocean

    Chapter 4. The Temperature of the Ocean

    Chapter 5. Pressure and Density

    Chapter 6. Temperature-Salinity Relationships

    Chapter 7. Currents and Water Masses

    Part II. Oceanic Movements

    Chapter 8. Accelerations Arising from Mass Distribution

    Chapter 9. Accelerations Arising from the Rotation of the Earth

    Chapter 10. Geostrophic Currents and Their Computations

    Chapter 11. Transfer Phenomena—Turbulence

    Chapter 12. Wind Driven Currents

    Chapter 13. Inertial Motion

    Chapter 14. Waves

    Chapter 15. Tides

    Part III Selected Topics

    Chapter 16. Sound Propagation

    Chapter 17. Light in the Sea

    Chapter 18. The Heat Budget of the Ocean

    Chapter 19. Thermohaline Circulation

    Chapter 20. Estuaries


Product details

  • No. of pages: 162
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Pergamon 1965
  • Published: January 1, 1965
  • Imprint: Pergamon
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483151939

About the Author

Hugh J. McLellan