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Discovering the Oceans from Space: The unique applications of satellite oceanography

By: Ian S Robinson

638 pages, Col & b/w figs, tabs


Hardback | Sep 2010 | #158324 | ISBN-13: 9783540244301
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Remote sensing of oceans from space has developed rapidly since 1978 when the first dedicated ocean-viewing sensors were launched. The increasing abundance of satellite data has undoubtedly changed the way the science of oceanography has developed, revealing previously undetected ocean phenomena, casting new light on old problems, and opening the way for new fields of oceanographic study.

Ian Robinson's latest book "Understanding the Ocean from Space" takes a broadly encompassing look at the ways satellite data have been applied to the study of the ocean. Its particular theme is the special contributions or new insights that only satellite data can bring to various aspects of oceanography. Each chapter takes a particular topic in ocean science and shows the variety of ways in which the measurements made by Earth-orbiting sensors can be applied to it. The topics range from ocean waves, to ocean biology, spanning scales from ocean basins to estuaries. Some chapters primarily cover applications to pure research whilst others show how satellite data can be used operationally for tasks such as pollution monitoring or oil-spill detection.


Introduction.- Surface Waves.- Winds over the Sea.- Air-sea fluxes.- Sea Ice.- The Ocean Climate and its variability.- Large scale ocean dynamics.- Air-sea interaction phenomena.- Mesoscale ocean phenomena.- Internal Waves.- Ocean Biology from Space.- Shelf sea processes.- Coastal and estuarine water quality.- Oil slicks and surface films.- Coastal processes and offshore engineering.- Operational Oceanography.- Conclusion.

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