Atmospheric and Oceanographic Sciences Library

Polar Oceans from Space

Authors: Comiso, Josefino

  • Presents unique information on polar oceans derived from satellite data for predictive purposes
  • Discusses the changes of ice-covered oceans over the last 25 years and how these changes may be related to observed environmental changes
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About this book

The book presents a wealth of material about the polar oceans, more specifically the ice-covered areas and peripheral seas. It provides a detailed history of the changing climate of the polar oceans as observed by satellite sensors in the last three decades. The satellite research data show spatial distributions of surface temperature, sea ice, albedo, chlorophyll concentration, clouds, ocean color and sea level pressure.

The book discusses remote sensing techniques and algorithms used to transform digital data to geophysical parameters, to process and analyze the data, the limitations of these data and the enormous potential in the use of this data. The main goal of the book is the presentation of results from studies of the time evolution of polar surfaces as observed by satellite sensors and their relevance to the study of cryospheric and ocean processes and climate change. The book contains about 150 satellite images of surface parameters which reveal that from month to month and from one year to another the Earth is changing.

Although the historical record of about three decades of continuous satellite observation is relatively short, these measurements have provided useful insights into the current state of the polar environment and have served as a powerful tool for studying the processes that govern the Earth’s climate system. The advent of even more sophisticated technology, including international ventures like the Global Earth Observation System of all Systems (GEOSS), will speed the progress. The advances in understanding of the Earth’s climate engine, including the crucial role played by the polar oceans, have been tremendous, and people look forward to being able to forecast effectively the state of the planet in the immediate and foreseeable future.

About the authors

Josefino C. Comiso is a Senior Research Scientist of the Oceans and Ice Branch Division of the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. His current research interests include: (a) the detection of climate change from historical data; (b) the role of Odden and polynyas in ocean convection and bottom water formation; (c) air-sea-ice interactions and biological processes in the polar regions; (d) radiative transfer modelling studies and satellite algorithms for sea, ice and snow.

 

Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • Background

    Comiso, Josefino

    Pages 1-17

  • Fundamental Characteristics of the Polar Oceans and Their Sea Ice Cover

    Comiso, Josefino

    Pages 19-71

  • Satellite Remote Sensing Techniques

    Comiso, Josefino

    Pages 73-111

  • Geophysical Parameters and Algorithms for High Latitude Applications

    Comiso, Josefino

    Pages 113-180

  • Variability of Surface Pressure, Winds, and Clouds

    Comiso, Josefino

    Pages 181-221

Buy this book

eBook $209.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-0-387-68300-3
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $269.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-0-387-36628-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Polar Oceans from Space
Authors
Series Title
Atmospheric and Oceanographic Sciences Library
Series Volume
41
Copyright
2010
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag New York
eBook ISBN
978-0-387-68300-3
DOI
10.1007/978-0-387-68300-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-387-36628-9
Series ISSN
1383-8601
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 507
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