Description 
1 online resource (xxiii, 704 pages) : illustrations 
Contents 
Part 1. Fundamental Laws  Preliminaries  Conservation Laws for Moving Fluids  Part 2. Common Approximations  Approximations Derived from Mode Filtering  Approximations Relating to Density Changes and Geometric Conditions  Geostrophic and QuasiGeostrophic Motions  Part 3. Ocean waves  Sound Waves  Gravity Waves  Long Waves  Lagrangian Theory of Ocean Waves  Forced Waves  Part 4. Oceanic Turbulence and Eddies  SmallScale Turbulence  Geostrophic Turbulence  Part 5. Aspects of Ocean Circulation Theory  Forcing of the Ocean  The WindDriven Circulation  The Meridional Overturning of the Oceans  The Circulation of the Southern Ocean  Part 6. Appendix  Mathematical Basics  Models of the Ocean Circulation 
Summary 
Ocean Dynamics' is a concise introduction to the fundamentals of fluid mechanics, nonequilibrium thermodynamics and the common approximations for geophysical fluid dynamics, presenting a comprehensive approach to largescale 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 winddriven circulation in homogeneous and stratified regimes, the circulation and overturning in the Southern Ocean, and the global meridional overturning and thermohalinedriven 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 
Analysis 
Geography 

Oceanography 

Physical geography 

Earth Sciences 

Geophysics and Environmental Physics 

Environmental Physics 
Bibliography 
Includes bibliographical references and index 
Subject 
Oceanography  Mathematical models.

Form 
Electronic book

Author 
Willebrand, J. (Jürgen), 1941


Eden, Carsten, 1968

LC no. 
2012935922 
ISBN 
3642234496 (print) 

364223450X (electronic bk.) 

9783642234491 (print) 

9783642234507 (electronic bk.) 
