Introductory Dynamical Oceanography

Introductory Dynamical Oceanography

2nd Edition - January 1, 1983

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  • Authors: Stephen Pond, G L Pickard
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780750624961
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080570549

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'Introductory Dynamical Oceanography' 2nd ed provides an introduction to Dynamical Physical Oceanography at a level suitable for senior year undergraduate students in the sciences and for graduate students entering oceanography. It aims to present the basic objectives, procedures and successes and to state some of the present limitations of dynamical oceanography and its relations to descriptive physical oceanography. The first edition has been thoroughly revised and updated and the new work includes reference to the Practical Salinity Scale 1978, the International Equation of State 1980 and the beta-spiral technique for calculating absolute currents from the density distribution. In addition the description of mixed-layer models has been updated and the chapters on Waves and on Tides have been substantially revised and enlarged, with emphasis on internal waves in the Waves chapter. While the text is self-contained readers are recommended to acquaint themselves with the general aspects of descriptive (synoptic) oceanography in order to be aware of the character of the ocean which the dynamical oceanographer is attempting to explain by referring to Pickard and Emery's 'Descriptive Physical Oceanography' 4th edition.

Table of Contents

  • CONTENTS INCLUDE: Properties of seawater relevant to physical oceanography; The basic physical laws used in oceanography and classifications of forces and motions in the sea; The equation of continuity of volume; The equation of motion in oceanography; The role of the non-linear terms and the magnitudes of terms in the equations of motion; Currents without friction - geostrophic flow; Currents with friction - wind-driven circulation; Numerical models; Waves; Tides.

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  • No. of pages: 349
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Butterworth-Heinemann 2013
  • Published: January 1, 1983
  • Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780750624961
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080570549

About the Authors

Stephen Pond

G L Pickard

George Pickard (1913-2007) was a Professor of Oceanography at the University of British Columbia (UBC) and was Director of the UBC Institute of Oceanography from 1958 to 1978. He received his B.A. and his Ph.D. in physics from Oxford. He was appointed to the UBC physics department after service in WWII. George was a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Royal Society of Canada, and the National Geographic Society.

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U. of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada

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  • Thiagode P. Sat Nov 10 2018

    A must have introduction to physical oceanography

    I purchased this book as a main reference for an introductory course in physical oceanography of my doctorate and I it has fulfilled all my expectations. I have read all chapters, except the last one about tides. The text covers all the important concepts in dynamical oceanography at a great level of mathematical detail and gives the reader a basic knowledge to understand and explore more advanced topics. The most relevant equations are explicitly derived in a way that even undergraduate students with basic knowledge of calculus could understand. My main interest was the concept of vorticity, the equations of motion in terms of this parameter, and how it can be used to explain many fenomena of ocean dynamics, so I can now be ready for a course in Geophysical Fluid Dynamics. I strongly recommend this book for all students and scientists looking for a broad and thorough introduction to the topic of dynamical oceanography.