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The Atmosphere and Ocean: A Physical Introduction

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Overview

This book is unique in bringing together the diverse concepts and ideas of meteorologists, atmospheric physicists and oceanographers into a single coherent account of the fluid environment, with emphasis on their physical properties and inter-dependence rather than on the mathematics. It provides an up-to-date appreciation of the subject area with reference to major research programmes in Oceanography and Meteorology, and an invaluable combined perspective for undergraduates who tend to compartmentalise themselves. It also shows the way the subject is currently developing and suggests possible future research.
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A new edition of the undergraduate text uniting studies of the ocean and atmosphere by demonstrating their inter-dependence. The introductory volume describes the physical properties of both environments, outlines their common dynamical basis, and contrasts differences, developing topics in radiation and temperature, observations of winds and currents, the influence of the earth's rotation on fluid motion, waves, tides, energy transfer, and climate variability and predictability. The new edition reflects current methods of observation and material on climate change. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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“This book is commendable for attempting such an approach to educate a new generation of scientists armed with a unifying view of the ocean and atmosphere. It is a unique book for those who seek knowledge of not only ocean or atmosphere but also their commonality, distinction, and interaction.” (Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 1 November 2012)

"I highly recommend the comprehensive and readily understandable book The Atmosphere and Ocean: A Physical Introduction, 3rd Edition by Neil C. Wells, to any advanced undergraduate students in meteorology, climatology, oceanography, and earth sciences. The book is valuable as well as to any business leaders and public policy makers seeking an approachable book on the topic of the interdependency between the ocean and atmosphere. This book is an excellent and accessible textbook on the topic and should be given priority for anyone interested in learning and understanding the principles of the interrelationship between the planet's atmosphere and its ocean." (Blog Business World, 26 February 2012)

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Dr Neil Wells is a lecturer in the Oceanography department at Southampton University in ocean modeling, climate and sea air interaction. Research in, large scale ocean modelling with interests in heat fluxes and heat content change. (ii) Application of ARGO data sets to determine ocean heat content change. (iii) Links of above with air-sea interaction from seasonal to decadal change. (iv) Storm surges and tidal interaction in coastal seas and relationship to climate change.

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition
1 The Earth within the Solar System 1
2 Composition and Physical Properties of the Ocean and Atmosphere 28
3 Radiation, Temperature and Stability 59
4 Water in the Atmosphere 92
5 Global Budgets of Heat, Water and Salt 125
6 Observations of Winds and Currents 169
7 The Influence of the Earth's Rotation on Fluid Motion 205
8 Waves and Tides 247
9 Energy Transfer in the Ocean - Atmosphere System 281
10 Climate Variability and Predictability 315
Glossary 359
General Reading 366
Further Reading and References 368
Figure Sources 374
App. A Standard International (SI) Units 380
App. B SI Unit Prefixes 380
Index 381
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