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This second edition retains the general structure of the first edition, but has been updated in the light of recent oceanographic research, and improved as a teaching text on the basis of feedback from past students and other readers. Notable additions include new sections addressing the topic of numerical modelling, and more discussion of natural oscillations in the ocean-atmosphere system (previously confined to the El Nino phenomenon). In particular, the Chapter on the North Atlantic now includes a discussion of the North Atlantic Oscillation, as well as of the Great Salinity Anomaly. In the final Chapter, treatment of water mass formation has been updated to reflect recent ideas about the processes involved and how they relate to climatic change over different time-scales, from decades to millennia. It includes high quality full colour diagrams, substantial chapter summaries ideal for revision. It also includes answers, hints and notes for questions at back of the book.
- The atmosphere and the ocean
- Ocean currents
- The North Atlantic gyre: observations and theories
- Other major current systems
- Global fluxes and the deep circulation
- Suggested further reading
- Answers and comments to questions
"[...] remains an excellent choice for a course that introduces ocean circulation and physical oceanography in an intuitive nonmathematical way. Without much advanced mathematics, the book continues to present the basic dynamics of ocean circulation without getting bogged down in derivations. For those who want a nonmathematical introduction to ocean circulation and physical oceanography, Ocean Circulation continues to be the text of choice."
- The Bulletin of the American Meteorlogical Society