Introduction to Physical Oceanography
Robert Stewart, Texas A&M University
Pub Date: 2008
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This text is very comprehensive. It covers a wide variety of aspects of physical oceanography, however it does not include much ocean chemistry. read more
This text is very comprehensive. It covers a wide variety of aspects of physical oceanography, however it does not include much ocean chemistry.
The text appears to be very accurate in its information, both in terms of reading content and mathematical examples.
This text contains current information and examples as of today. Some information could become outdated in the near future, as far as numerical models and equipment for measurements are concerned. However, this could be updated in a relatively easy manner.
This text assumes the reader has taken previous physics, math, and/or oceanography courses. This is well-designed for an upper division undergraduate course, but not for use for an introductory oceanography course.
This text was consistent throughout. All of the chapters have the same "voice" and the descriptions and examples are written at an equal level of knowledge.
On a large scale, this text was well-organized into chapters. Within the chapters, some of the material could be grouped in a more organized manner.
Overall, this text flows well. It pushes the reader forward and does seems organized in a logical pattern.
There were not any issues with navigation of the web pages. Images were clear. The site for the text appears to be down for both the pdf and the web version as I write this. Perhaps this is due to an update or error at the site's network.
I did not notice grammatical errors in this text.
From my perspective, this text is not culturally insensitive. As this is a scientific text, there is not a lot of general cultural information.
This is a great text for an undergraduate upper division course. It would need to be updated on a regular basis to stay current with the field. I would recommend this text to someone teaching a physical oceanography course.
THE BOOK IS COMPREHENSIVE. IT COVERS ALL ASPECTS OF OCEANOGRAPHY. read more
THE BOOK IS COMPREHENSIVE. IT COVERS ALL ASPECTS OF OCEANOGRAPHY.
THE BOOK IS SHOWING HIGH DEGREE OF ACCURACY. THE EXAMPLES ARE EXPLAINED IN A VERY ACCURATE WAY. THE BOOK IS BOTH QUALITATIVE AND QUANTITATIVE ORIENTED
THE BOOK IS WRITTEN IN A WAY THAT COULD BE EASILY UPDATED WITH NEW PRACTICAL DATA. ALSO IT IS RELEVANT WITH DEVELOPMENT OF OCEANOGRAPHY
THE BOOK IS PRESENTED IN A VERY CLEAR WAY WHICH MAKES IT EASY TO UNDERSATAND
THE TEXTBOOK IS HIGHLY CONSISTENT WITH RESPECT TO THE APPLICATION OF THE TERM RELATED TO OCEANOGRAPHY,
THE BOOK HAS SO MANY SECTIONS , SOME OF THEM NEED TO MIXED WITH OTHER PARTS TO GIVE BETTER WAY OF PRESENTATION
BOOK IS HIGHLY ORGANIZED . AND LOGICAL WAY. THE CHAPTERS ARE VERY WELL LISTED THE BOOK IS WRITTEN IN A VERY CLEAR WAY SHOWING GOOD STRUCTURE
THE TEXT IS FREE OF SIGNGICANT ITREFFACE ISSUES
NO GRAMMAR ERRORS. THE BOOK IS WRITTEN IN A VERY GOOD LANGUAGE THAT CONTAINS NO GRAMMATICAL ERRORS.
THE BOOK IS TALKING ABOUT MANY TOPICS RELATED TO THE PEOPLES LIFE . SO IT HAS HIGH DEGREE OF CULTURAL RELAVANCE
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: A Voyage of Discovery
Chapter 2: The Historical Setting
Chapter 3: The Physical Setting
Chapter 4: Atmospheric In?uences
Chapter 5: The Oceanic Heat Budget
Chapter 6: Temperature, Salinity, and Density
Chapter 7: The Equations of Motion
Chapter 8: Equations of Motion With Viscosity
Chapter 9: Response of the Upper Ocean to Winds
Chapter 10: Geostrophic Currents
Chapter 11: Wind Driven Ocean Circulation
Chapter 12: Vorticity in the Ocean
Chapter 13: Deep Circulation in the Ocean
Chapter 14: Equatorial Processes
Chapter 15: Numerical Models
Chapter 16: Ocean Waves
Chapter 17: Coastal Processes and Tides
About the Book
This textbook covers physical-oceanographic processes, theories, data, and measurements, targeted at upper-division undergraduates and graduate students in oceanography, meteorology, and ocean engineering. In addition to the classical topics, the author includes discussions of heat fluxes, the role of the ocean in climate, the deep circulation, equatorial processes including El Nino, data bases used by oceanographers, the role of satellites and data from space, ship-based measurements, and the importance of vorticity in understanding oceanic flows. Students should have studied differential equations and introductory college physics, although math is de-emphasized.
About the Contributors
Robert Stewart is an Emeritus Professor of Oceanography at Texas A&M University. He earned his PhD in Physical Oceanography from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego.