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Introduction to Physical Oceanography

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Robert Stewart, Texas A&M University

Pub Date: 2008


Language: English

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Reviewed by Karen Carroll, Assistant Professor, Umpqua Community College on 8/22/16

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 1/8/16



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.