Ocean Circulation

Ocean Circulation

Prepared by an Open University Course Team

1st Edition - January 1, 1989

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  • Author: Joan Brown
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483292694

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The first two chapters outline the causes of circulation patterns in the atmosphere and oceans, emphasizing the interactions between them. Chapter 3 deals with the surface circulation (including mesoscale eddies), using a minimum of mathematics. Chapter 4 reviews the history of ideas about ocean circulation (with special reference to the North Atlantic gyre), and Chapter 5 describes the major current systems at high and low latitudes. The final Chapter returns to the theme of ocean-atmosphere interaction, especially the global transport of heat and freshwater, and the formation of sub-surface water masses.

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  • Fully illustrated in four coloursFully illustrated in four colours


Open University and other oceanography students worldwide

Table of Contents

  • Introduction; The atmosphere and the ocean; Ocean currents; The North Atlantic gyre: observations and theories; Other major current systems; Global fluxes and the deep circulation; Suggested further reading; Answers and comments to questions.

Product details

  • No. of pages: 242
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Butterworth-Heinemann 1998
  • Published: January 1, 1989
  • Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483292694

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