Marine Physics, Volume 53

1st Edition

Authors: J. Dera
Hardcover ISBN: 9780444987167
eBook ISBN: 9780080870915
Imprint: Elsevier Science
Published Date: 13th January 1992
Page Count: 514
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Table of Contents

Preface. A General Picture of Physical Processes in the Ocean. 1. The Earth as a Thermodynamic System. 2. Forces Inducing the Motion of Water Masses in the Ocean. The Force of Gravity and Its Components. Geopotential. Pressure, Buoyancy. Vertical Stability. The Väisälä-Brunt Oscillation Frequency. The Inclination of Isobaric Surfaces. The Action of the Coriolis Force. Frictional Forces. The Equation of Motion of Waters. Seawater as a Physical Medium. 1. The Structure of the Water Molecule. 2. The Association of Water Molecules. The Structure of an Ice Crystal and Liquid Water. 3. Ion Hydrates in Seawater. 4. The Principal Chemical Constituents and the Salinity of Seawater. 5. Electrical Conductivity as an Indicator of Seawater Salinity. Measurement of Salinity on the Practical Scale. 6. Yellow Substances in Seawater. 7. Suspended Particles in Seawater, Their Concentration and Dimensions. 8. Gas Bubbles in Sea Water. The Thermodynamics of Seawater. 1. Seawater State Parameters. 2. The Thermal Expansion of Seawater. 3. The Compressibility of Seawater. Potential Temperature and Potential Density in the Sea. 4. The Salinity Effect on the Specific Volume of Seawater. 5. The Equation of State for Seawater. The Interaction of Light and Other Electromagnetic Radiation with Seawater. The Inherent Optical Properties of the Sea. 1. Radiance and Other Basic Photometric Quantities in Hydrooptics. 2. Light Absorption in Seawater. Light Absorption by Water Molecules. Light Absorption by Seawater Constituents. 3. Light Scattering in Seawater. Rayleigh's Theory of Scattering. The Volume Scattering Function and the Total Scattering Coefficient. Molecular Scattering According to the Smoluchowski-Einstein Fluctuation Theory. Scattering by Marine Suspended Particles. Principles of the Mie Theory. A Matrix Description of Scattering. Stokes Parameters. 4. The Transparency of Seawater to Light and Other Elec


In trying to discover as much as possible about the marine environment, oceanography has split into many subdisciplines, each represented by innumerable publications. To date however, there has been no concise synthesis introducing readers to the whole array of physical processes in the sea, and showing how these processes are related to one another and to other natural phenomena. The author of Marine Physics aims to fill this gap.

The volume presents energy and mass transfer processes in the marine environment together with an explanation of their effects on other processes. Starting with a general introduction to the thermodynamics of ocean waters, there follow chapters on radiation transfer processes; the molecular exchange of mass, heat and momentum; the turbulent exchange of mass, heat and momentum; small-scale air-sea interactions; modelling the surface boundary layer; and the propagation of acoustic waves in the sea. The discussions begin with physical principles and culminate in a presentation of current research problems. The volume is completed with the presentation of basic quantities, equations, formulas and diagrams, as well as indexes and 576 literature references. This volume should be an invaluable resource to post-graduates and scientists in the fields of engineering and oceanography, and for those interested in the protection or exploitation of the marine environment.


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About the Authors

J. Dera Author

Affiliations and Expertise

Institute of Geophysics of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Department of Oceanology, Sopot, Poland