Introducing Oceanography

Introducing Oceanography


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Two thirds of our planet is covered by oceans and seas. Over recent decades developments in ocean science have dramatically improved our understanding of the key role oceans play in the Earth System, and how vital they are for regulating global climate. Humans depend on the oceans for many resources, but at the same time their impacts on the marine systems around the world are of increasing concern. Introducing Oceanography has been written by two leading oceanographers to provide a succinct overview of the science of the study of the seas for students and for the interested adult wanting a topical guide to this enormous and complex subject. The initial chapters describe the oceans and the forces at work within them. The authors then discuss the effects of light, the chemistry of the seas and the food web before surveying biological oceanography in the main oceanic regions. The final chapter looks at the methodology of ocean study. Copiously illustrated, this book is intended for those whose interest in oceanography has been stimulated, perhaps by media coverage of declining resources or climate change and who want to know more. Technical terms are kept to a minimum and are explained in a glossary.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781780460017
Publisher: Dunedin Academic Press
Publication date: 09/20/2012
Series: Introducing Earth and Environmental Sciences Series
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 722,659
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

David N. Thomas and David C. Bowers are colleagues at the School of Ocean Sciences, Bangor University, Wales, although Professor David N. Thomas currently spends much of his time working at the Marine Centre of the Finnish Environment Institute in Helsinki.

Table of Contents

Preface vi

1 The water of the oceans 1

2 Density and density flows 11

3 Ocean waves 18

4 Flow in the oceans 26

5 The tides 34

6 Stratification and fronts in shelf seas 47

7 Light in the oceans 56

8 Biology of the oceans 66

9 Chemistry of the oceans 82

10 Primary production in the oceans 92

11 Ocean food webs 102

12 Biology at the ocean extremes 111

13 Changing oceans 120

14 Sampling the oceans 129

Glossary 144

Further Reading 149

Sourced illustrations 151

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