Nato ASI Subseries I:

Modelling Oceanic Climate Interactions

Editors: Willebrand, Jürgen, Anderson, David L.T. (Eds.)

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The ocean plays a central role in determining the climate of the earth. The oceanic circulation largely controls the temporal evolution of cli­ mate changes resulting from human activities such as the increase of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, and also affects the magnitude and regional distribution of those changes. On interannual and longer time scales the ocean is, through its interaction with the atmosphere, a source of important natural climate variations which we are only now beginning to recognise but whose cause has yet to be properly determined. Chem­ ical and biological processes in the ocean are linked to climate change, particularly through interaction with the global carbon cycle. A quantitative understanding of the oceanic role in the climate system requires models which include many complex processes and interactions, and which are systematically verified with observations. This is the ob­ jective of global research programs such as TOGA, WOCE, and JGOFS. Coupled numerical models of the oceanic and atmospheric circulation constitute the basis of every climate simulation. Increasingly it is recog­ nized that in addition a biological/chemical component is necessary to capture the pathways of carbon and other trace gases. The development of such coupled models is a challenging task which needs scientists who must be cognizant of several other disciplines beyond their own specialty.

Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • The Modelling of Hydrological Processes in the Atmosphere

    Miller, M. J.

    Pages 1-33

  • Ocean-Atmosphere Interactions in the Tropics

    Philander, George

    Pages 35-65

  • Oceanic General Circulation: Wave and Advection Dynamics

    Rhines, Peter B.

    Pages 67-149

  • On the Oceanic Thermohaline Circulation

    Colin de Verdière, A.

    Pages 151-183

  • Parameterizing the Effects of Small-Scale Mixing in Large-Scale Numerical Models

    Gargett, Ann E.

    Pages 185-204

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Modelling Oceanic Climate Interactions
Editors
  • Jürgen Willebrand
  • David L.T. Anderson
Series Title
Nato ASI Subseries I:
Series Volume
11
Copyright
1993
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-84975-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-84975-6
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-84977-0
Series ISSN
1431-7125
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 472
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