Books  Environmental Science  Oceanography 

Physical Oceanography: A Mathematical Introduction with MATLAB


By: Reza Malek-Madani

440 pages, 80 black & white illustrations

Chapman & Hall

Hardback | May 2012 | #177434 | ISBN-13: 9781584888307
Availability: Usually dispatched within 6 days Details
NHBS Price: £49.99 $61/€56 approx

About this book

Accessible to advanced undergraduate students, Physical Oceanography: A Mathematical Introduction with MATLAB® demonstrates how to use the basic tenets of multivariate calculus to derive the governing equations of fluid dynamics in a rotating frame. It also explains how to use linear algebra and partial differential equations (PDEs) to solve basic initial-boundary value problems that have become the hallmark of physical oceanography. The book makes the most of MATLAB’s matrix algebraic functions, differential equation solvers, and visualization capabilities.

Focusing on the interplay between applied mathematics and geophysical fluid dynamics, the text presents fundamental analytical and computational tools necessary for modeling ocean currents. In physical oceanography, the fluid flows of interest occur on a planet that rotates; this rotation can balance the forces acting on the fluid particles in such a delicate fashion to produce exquisite phenomena, such as the Gulf Stream, the Jet Stream, and internal waves. It is precisely because of the role that rotation plays in oceanography that the field is fundamentally different from the rectilinear fluid flows typically observed and measured in laboratories. Much of this text discusses how the existence of the Gulf Stream can be explained by the proper balance among the Coriolis force, wind stress, and molecular frictional forces.

Through the use of MATLAB, the author takes a fresh look at advanced topics and fundamental problems that define physical oceanography today. The projects in each chapter incorporate a significant component of MATLAB programming. These projects can be used as capstone projects or honors theses for students inclined to pursue a special project in applied mathematics.


- An Introduction to MATLAB
- Matrix Algebra
- Differential and Integral Calculus
- Ordinary Differential Equations (ODEs)
- Numerical Methods for ODEs
- Equations of Fluid Dynamics
- Equations of Geophysical Fluid Dynamics
- Shallow Water Equations (SWE)
- Wind-Driven Ocean Circulation: The Stommel and and Munk Models
- Some Special Topics

Appendix A: Solutions to Selected Problems

Write a review

There are currently no reviews for this product. Be the first to review this product!


Reza Malek-Madani is a professor in the Department of Mathematics at the U.S. Naval Academy. He earned a Ph.D. in applied mathematics from Brown University. His research interests include mathematical modeling and stability analysis in fluid flows and dynamical systems.

Bestsellers in this subject

Ocean Worlds

Clearance price: £12.99 £19.99 (Save £7.00) $16/€15 approx

The Atlas of Coasts and Oceans

NHBS Price: £16.99 $21/€19 approx

World Ocean Census

Clearance price: £7.50 £29.99 (Save £22.49) $9/€8 approx

Discovering The Deep

NHBS Price: £61.99 $76/€70 approx