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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Open University and other oceanography students worldwide
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.
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- © Butterworth-Heinemann 1989
- 1st January 1989
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