The book represents all the knowledge we currently have on ocean circulation. It presents an up-to-date summary of the state of the science relating to the role of the oceans in the physical climate system. The book is structured to guide the reader through the wide range of World Ocean Circulation Experiment (WOCE) science in a consistent way. Cross-references between contributors have been added, and the book has a comprehensive index and unified reference list. The book is simple to read, at the undergraduate level. It was written by the best scientists in the world who have collaborated to carry out years of experiments to better understand ocean circulation.


Graduate students, practitioners, researchers in oceanographic fields, atmospheric and meteorological studies.

Table of Contents

The Ocean and Climate: Climate and Oceans Ocean Processes and Climate Phenomena The Origins, Development, and Conduct of WOCE Observations and Models: Global Problems and Global Observations High-Resolution Modeling of the Thermohaline and Wind-Driven Circulation Coupled Ocean-Atmosphere Models New Ways of Observing the Ocean: Shipboard Observations during WOCE Subsurface Lagrangian Observations During the 1990s Ocean Circulation and Variability from Satellite Altimetry Air-Sea Fluxes from Satellite Data Developing the WOCE Global Data System The Global Flow Field: The World Ocean Surface Circulation The Interior Circulation of the Ocean The Tropical Ocean Circulation Tropical-Extratropical Oceanic Exchange Pathways Quantification of the Deep Circulation The Antarctic Circumpolar Current System Interocean Exchange Formation and Transport of Water Masses: Ocean Surface Water Mass Transformation Mixing and Stirring in the Ocean Interior Subduction Mode Waters Deep Convection The Dense Northern Overflows Mediterranean Water and Global Circulation Transformation and Age of Water Masses Large-Scale Ocean Transports: Ocean Heat Transport Ocean Transport of Fresh Water Storage and Transport of Excess CO2 in the Oceans, The JGOFS/WOCE Global CO2 Survey Insights for the Future Towards a WOCE Synthesis Numerical Ocean Circulation Modeling, Present Status and Future Directions The World During WOCE


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"Ocean Circulation and Climate' is the culmination of a multi-national, multi-decadal program designed to observe the global ocean. ...a voluminous book, unique in that there is no other single volume to which one can turn as a source for the cutting edge of knowledge of the large-scale circulation and properties of the ocean. ...lays the foundation for the daunting challenge of understanding the future of the world oceans and their role in climate change." —EPISODES - JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL GEOSCIENCE "...excellent editing and production quality plus hundreds of diagrams and dozens of color plates. It will be essential for ocean and climate scientists for years to come." --NEW SCIENTIST, October 2001 "This compilation addresses such topics as the role of the oceans in climate, ocean-atmosphere coupling, water mass formation, and the transport of momentum, heat, and freshwater throughout the global ocean. Interwoven into the narrative is a rich history of the development of modern oceanography, and beautiful color plates... This volume will serve as a resource for graduate students in oceanography and climatology and as a reference for researchers and professionals, including meteorologists." --CHOICE, December 2001 @qu: "Oceanographers, meteorologists, and climate scientists will find this book to be of particular value." @source: --NORTHEASTERN NATURALIST, 2005