The book shows how the new observations from satellites required advances in theory and influenced societal decision-making. Chapters have a review with an extensive reference list, making the book an excellent source of information for biological and physical oceanographers and atmospheric scientists. A large range of state-of-the art applications of satellite data (altimeter, color, infrared radiometer, scatterometer, synthetic aperture radar) visible in regional-to-global scale ocean studies integrating satellite and in-situ measurements with circulation models are covered in the book. Subjects include forecasting of surface waves, both swell and windsea, and surface wind; El Nino/La Nina; exchange of water masses between ocean basins, Rossby waves; eddies and filaments; fisheries; coastal ocean dynamics; phytoplankton dynamics; and ideas to measure sea surface salinity.
M.C. Colton, Camp Springs, Maryland ...a good read, and leaves the satellite and user communities with a few goals to work towards. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society ...an excellent source of information for biological and physical oceanographers and atmospheric scientists. Sea Technology J.L. Fellous, Issy-les-Moulineaux, France ...this volume is actually a reference book that should be in the library of every institution concerned with Earth system science. Its relevance for connecting natural and social sciences makes it an outstanding publication, useful to both researchers and graduate students. Advances in Space Research
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