Ocean Dynamics

Authors: Olbers, Dirk, Willebrand, Jürgen, Eden, Carsten

  • Concise introduction into the topic
  • Extensive bibliography and index
  • Appendix provides short excursions into the mathematical background
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Ocean Dynamics’ is a concise introduction to the fundamentals of fluid mechanics, non-equilibrium thermodynamics and the common approximations for geophysical fluid dynamics, presenting a comprehensive approach to large-scale ocean circulation theory. The book is written on the physical and mathematical level of graduate students in theoretical courses of physical oceanography, meteorology and environmental physics. An extensive bibliography and index, extensive side notes and recommendations for further reading, and a comparison with the specific atmospheric physics where applicable, makes this volume also a useful reading for researchers. Each of the four parts of the book – fundamental laws, common approximations, ocean waves, oceanic turbulence and eddies, and selected aspects of ocean dynamics – starts with elementary considerations, blending then classical topics with more advanced developments of fluid mechanics and theoretical oceanography. The last part covers the theory of the global wind-driven circulation in homogeneous and stratified regimes, the circulation and overturning in the Southern Ocean, and the global meridional overturning and thermohaline-driven circulation. Emphasis is placed on simple physical models rather than access to extensive numerical results, enabling students to understand and reproduce the complex theory mostly by analytical means. All equations and models are derived in detail and illustrated by numerous figures. The appendix provides short excursions into the mathematical background, such as vector analysis, statistics, and differential equations

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“The aim of the present book is a thorough and careful representation of the ocean dynamics. … The excellent comprehensive work is intended for graduate students of physical oceanography, meteorology, geophysics and general physics, as well as to any reader interested in a thorough discussion of ocean dynamics. The volume is also useful for researchers working in the field of climate physics.” (Claudia-Veronika Meister, zbMATH, Vol. 1296, 2014)


Table of contents (18 chapters)

  • Preliminaries

    Olbers, Dirk (et al.)

    Pages 3-24

  • Conservation Laws for Moving Fluids

    Olbers, Dirk (et al.)

    Pages 25-105

  • Approximations Derived from Mode Filtering

    Olbers, Dirk (et al.)

    Pages 109-116

  • Approximations Relating to Density Changes and Geometric Conditions

    Olbers, Dirk (et al.)

    Pages 117-136

  • Geostrophic and Quasi-Geostrophic Motions

    Olbers, Dirk (et al.)

    Pages 137-157

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eBook $119.00
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Hardcover $159.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-642-23449-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Ocean Dynamics
Authors
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-23450-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-23450-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-642-23449-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXIII, 703
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