Introduction to Physical Oceanography

Reviewed by Aneesh Subramanian, Assistant Professor, CU Boulder on 7/1/19

Comprehensiveness rating: 4

This textbook is comprehensive for an undergraduate textbook. It covers a diverse set of topics in physical oceanography and goes into some detail on several topics. Some of the more recent advances in the last decade in observational oceanography as well as modeling are not updated yet.

Content Accuracy rating: 5

The content of this textbook is accurate. The figures and the supplementary material provided in the textbook have accurate information as per modern research and is error-free.

Relevance/Longevity rating: 5

The content of the textbook is written and updated by the author on a regular basis. The author also catalogs the updates made in each version of the textbook. It was last updated a few years ago and hence could be updated further to include more recent research information on some topics such as meridional overturning circulation. Some of the information could become outdated in a few years as research in numerical modeling of the ocean or observational platforms advance with modern techniques. This could be updated by the author easily and presented in a similar language as currently presented in the textbook.

Clarity rating: 4

The content in the textbook is presented in an accessible way for undergraduate education. This textbook contains topics and text that might be more suitable for an upper level undergraduate course than an introductory course that caters to non-science majors also. Yet the author provides adequate references and context for the content that students at any level in undergraduate education can access the material easily.

Consistency rating: 5

Yes, this textbook was internally consistent. All the content, equations, figures and examples are written and presented at the same level for comprehension.

Modularity rating: 4

The textbook overall is well organized and is comprehensive. Yet, there are many subtopics and subheadings that may not always be necessary in the larger context for a lecture on a certain topic. Hence the details of the chapters in the textbook could use some reorganization especially when it is updated to include the modern advances in modeling, observations or other topics.

Organization/Structure/Flow rating: 5

Yes, the content flows well and the topics are presented in a logical manner.

Interface rating: 5

The figures and images were clearly presented. Did not notice any significant interface issues.

Grammatical Errors rating: 5

Did not notice any grammatical errors.

Cultural Relevance rating: 5

The textbook is not culturally insensitive or offensive in any way. It does present topics on oceanography with a global perspective and hence caters to a wide audience.

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