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Introduction to Physical Oceanography

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Robert H. Stewart, Texas A&M University

Copyright Year: 2008


Language: English

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Reviewed by Matt Glazewski, Adjunct Instructor, Portland Community College on 6/30/20

This textbook is satisfactory for an undergraduate textbook, but not for a 100-level class on oceanography; it is more appropriate for a 300 or 400-level. As the book was published in 2008, there are numerous advances and discoveries in... read more

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


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

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  • 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.

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