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Air-Ice-Ocean Interaction

Turbulent Ocean Boundary Layer Exchange Processes

Authors: McPhee, Miles

  • Investigates complex polar exchanges – a rapidly evolving field due to the widespread interest in global warming and the impact on polar regions
  • The main theme is developing an understanding of how turbulence effects exchange between ice and ocean through the ice-ocean boundary layer
  • Describes why the processes are important at high latitudes, what techniques are used and how they differ from standard oceanographic turbulence studies
  • Emphasizes the under-ice boundary layer as a laboratory, providing controls which are not possible in the open ocean
  • The book draws a number of concepts into a concise description, illustrated by unique observational data sets
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About this book

At a time when the polar regions are undergoing rapid and unprecedented change, understanding exchanges of momentum, heat and salt at the ice-ocean interface is critical for realistically predicting the future state of sea ice. By offering a measurement platform largely unaffected by surface waves, drifting sea ice provides a unique laboratory for studying aspects of geophysical boundary layer flows that are extremely difficult to measure elsewhere. This book draws on both extensive observations and theoretical principles to develop a concise description of the impact of stress, rotation, and buoyancy on the turbulence scales that control exchanges between the atmosphere and underlying ocean when sea ice is present. Several interesting and unique observational data sets are used to illustrate different aspects of ice-ocean interaction ranging from the impact of salt on melting in the Greenland Sea marginal ice zone, to how nonlinearities in the equation of state for seawater affect mixing in the Weddell Sea.

The book’s content, developed from a series of lectures, may be appropriate additional material for upper-level undergraduates and first-year graduate students studying the geophysics of sea ice and planetary boundary layers.

Miles McPhee performs geophysical research, focused on polar regions, both from McPhee Research Company and as affiliate principal scientist at the University of Washington Applied Physics Laboratory. He has participated in more that twenty field programs in the polar oceans of both hemispheres. Dr. McPhee also lectures on air-ice-sea interaction at the University Center on Svalbard.

About the authors

Miles McPhee performs geophysical research, focused on polar regions, both from McPhee Research Company and as affiliate principal scientist at the University of Washington Applied Physics Laboratory. He has participated in more that twenty field programs in the polar oceans of both hemispheres. Dr. McPhee also lectures on air-ice-sea interaction at the University Center on Svalbard.

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"Air-Ice-Ocean Interaction will be a valuable reference for Artic and Antarctic researchers–be they observers, numerical modelers, or theoreticians. It will also be an excellent resource for the Earth sciences graduate students. … His monograph would make a fine graduate-level companion text … . Air-Ice-Ocean Interaction will provide students and researchers … with the theoretical principles needed for rigorous investigations of ongoing and future polar climate processes and change." (Mary-Louise Timmermans, Physics Today, June, 2009)


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eBook $149.00
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  • ISBN 978-0-387-78335-2
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Hardcover $189.00
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $189.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-4419-2685-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Air-Ice-Ocean Interaction
Book Subtitle
Turbulent Ocean Boundary Layer Exchange Processes
Authors
Copyright
2008
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag New York
eBook ISBN
978-0-387-78335-2
DOI
10.1007/978-0-387-78335-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-387-78334-5
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4419-2685-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 216
Number of Illustrations and Tables
111 b/w illustrations, 15 illustrations in colour
Topics