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Descriptive Physical Oceanography: An Introduction


By: George L Pickard, William J Emery, Lynne D Talley and James H Swift

622 pages, Col plates, figs, tabs

Academic Press

Hardback | Jun 2011 | Edition: 6 | #186590 | ISBN-13: 9780750645522
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About this book

The sixth edition of "Descriptive Physical Oceanography" provides an introduction to descriptive physical oceanography for advanced undergraduates and graduate students. The emphasis is on large-scale oceanography, based mainly in observations, with some topics from waves and coastal oceanography also included. Topics include the physical properties of seawater, heat and salt budgets, instrumentation, data analysis methods, introductory dynamics, oceanography and climate variability of each of the oceans and of the global ocean, and brief introductions to the physical setting, waves, and coastal oceanography.

This title includes: expanded ocean basin descriptions, including ocean climate variability, emphasizing dynamical context; new chapters on global ocean circulation and introductory ocean dynamics; and, companion website containing PowerPoint figures, supplemental chapters, and practical exercises for analyzing a global ocean data set using Java OceanAtlas.

'... This is an excellent book, maintaining and improving on the high standard of previous editions..' Ocean Challenge 1991 '...the book is a bargain. I have owned a copy of the first edition since 1968; however I intend having a copy of the fourth edition for my personal collection; I recommend that others follow suit.' Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences I have just finished teaching an introductory undergraduate survey course in physical oceanography using the new edition of Pickard's splendid book. Although I am not unprejudiced (since I have used the first edition for about four years), both editions have been a joy to use.' 'Any person wanting an introduction to the subject would do well to read this book.' Choice


Chapter 1: Introduction and brief history of physical oceanography; Chapter 2: Ocean dimensions, shapes and bottom materials; Chapter 3: Physical properties of seawater; Chapter 4: Typical Distributions of Water Characteristics; Chapter 5: Mass, Salt and Heat Budgets of the Oceans; Chapter 6: Instruments and Methods; Chapter 7: Data analysis concepts; Chapter 8: Dynamical processes for descriptive ocean circulation; Chapter 9: Atlantic Ocean; Chapter 10: Pacific Ocean; Chapter 11: Indian Ocean; Chapter 12: The Arctic Ocean and Nordic Seas; Chapter 13: Southern Ocean; Chapter 14: Global circulation and water properties; Chapter 15: Coastal oceanography and gravity waves.

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