374 pages, 138 illustrations, 32 in colour
The book provides a comprehensive review of the historical development and the present status of ocean circulation models. The analysis extends from simple analytical approaches to the latest high-resolving numerical models with data assimilation.
The authors - pioneer scientists in ocean and shelf sea modelling - examine the evolution of Western and Eastern modelling conceptions during the second half of the last century. They present the current state-of-the-art in ocean climate modelling and offer examples for several oceans and shelf seas. The book contains a critical analysis of literature on ocean climate variability modelling, and of the strengths and weaknesses of major approaches. It explores the future developments in the field, with a focus on models based on the synthesis of numerical simulation and field observation, and on nonlinear thermodynamical model data synthesis.
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