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Main Title Dynamical Oceanography [electronic resource] /
Author Dijkstra, Henk A.
Publisher Springer Berlin Heidelberg,
Year Published 2008
Call Number GC1-1581
ISBN 9783540763765
Subjects Oceanography ; Climatic changes
Internet Access
Description Access URL
Collation online resource.
Due to license restrictions, this resource is available to EPA employees and authorized contractors only
Contents Notes
A first Impression -- Present Ocean Circulation -- Mathematical Description -- Vorticity -- Midlatitude circulation -- Wind-Driven Circulation -- Western Intensification -- Free Waves -- Stratification -- Adjustment -- Stability Of Zonal Flows -- Equatorial circulation -- Equatorial Ocean Circulation -- Dynamics of Enso -- Planetary circulation -- Thermocline Problem -- Antarctic Circumpolar Current -- Arctic Ocean Circulation -- Thermohaline Circulation. This textbook provides a mathematical introduction to the theory of large-scale ocean circulation and is accessible for readers with an elementary knowledge of mathematics and physics, including continuum mechanics and solution methods for ordinary differential equations. The book consists of four parts. Part I (chapters 1 - 4) is a very brief introduction to ocean circulation and the mathematical formulation of the governing equations of ocean flows. In addition, concepts are introduced that are necessary to describe and understand large-scale ocean currents. In part II (chapters 5 - 10), the theory of mid-latitude wind-driven ocean circulation is presented. The consideration of model development includes a top-down approach and reduced equations are derived using asymptotics and scaling. Part III (chapters 11 - 12) focuses on the understanding of equatorial currents and El Nino. In the last part IV, chapters 13 - 16, the theory of planetary scale flows is presented, covering topics such as the thermocline problem, the Antarctic Circumpolar Current, the stability of the thermohaline circulation and the Arctic Ocean circulation. At the end of each chapter several exercises are formulated. Many of these are aimed to further develop methodological skills and to get familiar with the physical concepts. A few exercises also serve to introduce extension topics. Fully worked out answers to all exercises can be downloaded from the book web site.