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Introduction to Physical Oceanography

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Robert H. Stewart, Texas A&M University

Pub Date: 2008

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Language: English

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

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... read more

 

Reviewed by Karen Carroll, Assistant Professor, Umpqua Community College on 8/21/16

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

 

Reviewed by Talal Abdulkareem, Professor, Portland Community College on 1/7/16

THE BOOK IS COMPREHENSIVE. IT COVERS ALL ASPECTS OF OCEANOGRAPHY. read more

 

Table of Contents

  • 1 A Voyage of Discovery
  • 2 The Historical Setting
  • 3 The Physical Setting
  • 4 Atmospheric Influences
  • 5 The Oceanic Heat Budget
  • 6 Temperature, Salinity, and Density
  • 7 The Equations of Motion
  • 8 Equations of Motion With Viscosity
  • 9 Response of the Upper Ocean to Winds
  • 10 Geostrophic Currents
  • 11 Wind Driven Ocean Circulation
  • 12 Vorticity in the Ocean
  • 13 Deep Circulation in the Ocean
  • 14 Equatorial Processes
  • 15 Numerical Models
  • 16 Ocean Waves
  • 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.

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Author

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.