Climate and the Oceans

Climate and the Oceans

by Geoffrey K. Vallis
     
 

ISBN-10: 0691150281

ISBN-13: 9780691150284

Pub. Date: 10/23/2011

Publisher: Princeton University Press

The oceans exert a vital moderating influence on the Earth's climate system. They provide inertia to the global climate, essentially acting as the pacemaker of climate variability and change, and they provide heat to high latitudes, keeping them habitable. Climate and the Oceans offers a short, self-contained introduction to the subject. This illustrated

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The oceans exert a vital moderating influence on the Earth's climate system. They provide inertia to the global climate, essentially acting as the pacemaker of climate variability and change, and they provide heat to high latitudes, keeping them habitable. Climate and the Oceans offers a short, self-contained introduction to the subject. This illustrated primer begins by briefly describing the world's climate system and ocean circulation and goes on to explain the important ways that the oceans influence climate. Topics covered include the oceans' effects on the seasons, heat transport between equator and pole, climate variability, and global warming. The book also features a glossary of terms, suggestions for further reading, and easy-to-follow mathematical treatments.

Climate and the Oceans is the first place to turn to get the essential facts about this crucial aspect of the Earth's climate system. Ideal for students and nonspecialists alike, this primer offers the most concise and up-to-date overview of the subject available.

  • The best primer on the oceans and climate
  • Succinct and self-contained
  • Accessible to students and nonspecialists
  • Serves as a bridge to more advanced material


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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691150284
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
10/23/2011
Series:
Princeton Primers in Climate Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
232
Sales rank:
875,289
Product dimensions:
4.90(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Preface vii
Chapter 1: Basics of Climate 1
Chapter 2: The Oceans: A Descriptive Overview 22
Chapter 3: A Brief Introduction to Dynamics 41
Chapter 4: The Ocean Circulation 75
Chapter 5: The Ocean's Overall Role in Climate 105
Chapter 6: Climate Variability from Weeks to Years 128
Chapter 7: Global Warming and the Ocean 156
Notes 205
Further Reading 211
Glossary 215
References 223
Index 229

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