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Introduction to Oceanography

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Paul Webb

Copyright Year: 2019

Publisher: Rebus Community

Language: English

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Reviewed by Guy Evans, Visiting Lecturer, Framingham State University on 5/27/20

Overall, this textbook contains much of the basic information covered in an introductory oceanography course and sections on historical developments in oceanography and observational techniques are relatively strong. Sections on marine biology and... read more

Reviewed by Katie Dobkowski, Visiting Assistant Professor, Bates College on 3/12/20

Good amount of content on introductory physical and chemical oceanography, including basic earth science (like plate tectonics); while marine biology is not (by design) a focus of this text, the section on photosynthesizers (like phytoplankton) is... read more

Reviewed by Cornelia Winguth, Assistant Professor of Instruction, University of Texas at Arlington on 3/5/20

The book covers all the topics that are important for an introductory oceanography course. Each instructor has his or her preferences of topics that he or she would like to cover more in depth, and for me that would be the role of the ocean in... read more

Reviewed by Anna Amici, Affiliate Faculty Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Department, Metropolitan State University of Denver on 2/5/20

The book is very comprehensive on the material that it does cover, but its scope seems to be limited to physical oceanography. Other oceanography textbooks I have used discuss marine ecology and give a general overview of ocean life, so it would... read more

Reviewed by Eva Lyon, Visiting Assistant Professor, Washington & Lee University on 1/24/20

Most of the relevant topics are covered adequately. However, more attention could be paid to ocean environmental issues, including pollution, plastics, and resource use/overuse. It would also be useful when discussing the difference between ocean... read more

Reviewed by Jacqueline Richard, Associate Professor & Department Head of Natural Science, Fletcher on 12/13/19

Tackling Oceanography requires the ability to assimilate Geology, Chemistry, Biology, Meteorology, and Physics. This text does a great job of integrating each of these sciences together to give a survey of this complex topic. This text starts at... read more

Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1: Introduction to the Oceans
  • Chapter 2: Getting our Bearings
  • Chapter 3: The Origin and Structure of Earth
  • Chapter 4: Plate Tectonics and Marine Geology
  • Chapter 5: Chemical Oceanography
  • Chapter 6: Physical Oceanography
  • Chapter 7: Primary Production
  • Chapter 8: Oceans and Climate
  • Chapter 9: Ocean Circulation
  • Chapter 10: Waves
  • Chapter 11: Tides
  • Chapter 12: Ocean Sediments
  • Chapter 13: Coastal Oceanography
  • Chapter 14: Ice

About the Book

Introduction to Oceanography is a textbook appropriate to an introductory-level university course in oceanography. The book covers the fundamental geological, chemical, physical and biological processes in the ocean, with an emphasis on the North Atlantic region.

About the Contributors


Paul Webb earned a BA in Biology from the University of Richmond, and a MS in Marine Science and PhD in Biology from the University of California-Santa Cruz. At UCSC his research focused on the behavioral and physiological ecology of northern elephant seals. For the past 20 years he has been a faculty member in the Department of Biology, Marine Biology, and Environmental Science at Roger Williams University in Bristol, Rhode Island, where he is a Professor of Marine Biology. At RWU he regularly teaches courses in Oceanography, Marine Mammalogy, Marine Vertebrate Zoology, Animal Behavior, Animal Physiology, Tropical Ecology (in Belize), and Herpetology.