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The Theory of Large-Scale Ocean Circulation


By: Roger M Samelson

218 pages, 33 b/w illus. 28 exercises

Cambridge University Press

Hardback | Aug 2011 | #189956 | ISBN-13: 9781107001886
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Mounting evidence that human activities are substantially modifying the Earth's climate brings a new imperative to the study of the ocean's large-scale circulation. This textbook provides a concise but comprehensive introduction to the theory of large-scale ocean circulation, as it is currently understood and established. Students and instructors will benefit from the carefully chosen chapter-by-chapter exercises.


1. Basic physical principles and equations; 2. Reduced equations for large-scale motion; 3. Planetary geostrophic vorticity dynamics; 4. Stratified large-scale flow; 5. Circulation in a rectangular mid-latitude basin; 6. Eddy-driven subsurface motion; 7. Circumpolar flow; 8. Mid-depth meridional overturning; 9. Thermohaline effects; 10. Theory and observation.

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Roger M. Samelson is a Professor of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University. He received a B.S. in physics from Stanford University and an M.S. in mathematics and Ph.D. in physical oceanography from Oregon State University. He was the recipient of an Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award and has served as editor of the Journal of Physical Oceanography and on numerous scientific program and review committees. He has authored or co-authored more than 75 peer-reviewed scientific publications on topics in physical oceanography, atmospheric science, and geophysical fluid dynamics, as well as a book on Lagrangian motion in geophysical flows and several book chapters on various aspects of physical oceanography and geophysical fluid dynamics. This book is based on lecture notes that he has developed over the past decade for a graduate course in large-scale ocean circulation theory at Oregon State University.

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