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 Introduction 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 Index