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Includes analysis, interpretation, modelling and synthesis of all data gathered during the ongoing World Ocean Circulation Experiment (WOCE), providing the basis for development of the models that scientists use for understanding ocean and climate variability and projecting climate change.
The Ocean and Climate: Climate and Oceans Ocean Processes and Climate Phenomena The Origins, Development, and Conduct of WOCE Observations and Models: Global Problems and Global Observations High-Resolution Modeling of the Thermohaline and Wind-Driven Circulation Coupled Ocean-Atmosphere Models New Ways of Observing the Ocean: Shipboard Observations during WOCE Subsurface Lagrangian Observations During the 1990s Ocean Circulation and Variability from Satellite Altimetry Air-Sea Fluxes from Satellite Data Developing the WOCE Global Data System The Global Flow Field: The World Ocean Surface Circulation The Interior Circulation of the Ocean The Tropical Ocean Circulation Tropical-Extratropical Oceanic Exchange Pathways Quantification of the Deep Circulation The Antarctic Circumpolar Current System Interocean Exchange Formation and Transport of Water Masses: Ocean Surface Water Mass Transformation Mixing and Stirring in the Ocean Interior Subduction Mode Waters Deep Convection The Dense Northern Overflows Mediterranean Water and Global Circulation Transformation and Age of Water Masses Large-Scale Ocean Transports: Ocean Heat Transport Ocean Transport of Fresh Water Storage and Transport of Excess CO2 in the Oceans, The JGOFS/WOCE Global CO2 Survey Insights for the Future Towards a WOCE Synthesis Numerical Ocean Circulation Modeling, Present Status and Future Directions The World During WOCE Ocean and Climate Prediction -- the WOCE Legacy References Acronyms, abbreviations, and terms Index
John Church is a physical oceanographer with particular interest in the role of the ocean in climate change and variability. He is leader of the Southern Ocean Project of the Antarctic Cooperative Research Centre and CSIRO Marine Research's Oceans and Climate Program in Hobart, Australia. He has been active in national and international leadership in ocean climate research.
"Ocean Circulation and Climate is the culmination of a multi-national, multi-decadal program designed to observe the global ocean. [...] a voluminous book, unique in that there is no other single volume to which one can turn as a source for the cutting edge of knowledge of the large-scale circulation and properties of the ocean. [...] lays the foundation for the daunting challenge of understanding the future of the world oceans and their role in climate change."
- Episodes, Journal Of International Geoscience
" [...] excellent editing and production quality plus hundreds of diagrams and dozens of color plates. It will be essential for ocean and climate scientists for years to come."
– New Scientist, October 2001
"This compilation addresses such topics as the role of the oceans in climate, ocean-atmosphere coupling, water mass formation, and the transport of momentum, heat, and freshwater throughout the global ocean. Interwoven into the narrative is a rich history of the development of modern oceanography, and beautiful color plates [...] This volume will serve as a resource for graduate students in oceanography and climatology and as a reference for researchers and professionals, including meteorologists."
– Choice, December 2001
"Oceanographers, meteorologists, and climate scientists will find this book to be of particular value."
– Northeastern Naturalist, 2005