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Earth Sciences & Geography - Oceanography | The Near-Surface Layer of the Ocean - Structure, Dynamics and Applications

The Near-Surface Layer of the Ocean

Structure, Dynamics and Applications

Soloviev, Alexander, Lukas, Roger

2nd ed. 2014, XXVIII, 552 p. 270 illus., 71 illus. in color.

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  • Updating the previous edition of the book due to remarkable results from synthetic aperture radar satellites, from satellites which measure sea surface salinity, and computational fluid dynamic models open new opportunities in understanding the processes in the near-surface layer of the ocean
  • Monitoring short surface waves has significantly progressed due to passive acoustic methods
  • Gives a comprehensive account of the structures and dynamics of the near-surface layer of the ocean
  • Clarifies theoretical concepts that are developed from fundamental physics and thermodynamics
  • Shows results of major air-sea interaction experiments (including those obtained with the participation of the authors), included in the analysis
  • Includes an overview of the results for important oceanographic applications such as remote sensing, climate, hurricane physics, oil spills, marine biology, optics and acoustics
The rationale for publishing a second edition of this monograph is that this area of research continues to show remarkable advancement. The new generation of synthetic aperture radar satellites provided unprecedented spatial resolution of the sea surface features. In addition, satellites to measure sea surface salinity have been launched. Computational fluid dynamic models open new opportunities in understanding the processes in the near-surface layer of the ocean and their visibility from space. Passive acoustic methods for monitoring short surface waves have significantly progressed. Estimation of the errors in satellite measurements of long-term global sea surface temperature trends due to processes in the near-surface layer of the ocean has become important for climate research. Due to growing applications of the results, it is anticipated that more students are going to be trained in this area of research. Therefore this second edition of the monograph is closer to a textbook format.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Air-Sea Interface - Fine Structure and Microstructure - Remote Sensing - Sea Surface Temperature - Upper Ocean Turbulence

Related subjects » Atmospheric Sciences - Classical Continuum Physics - Oceanography

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