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Ocean Circulation and Climate


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Provides an up-to-date summary of the state of the science relating to the role of the oceans in the physical climate system

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Part I: The oceans' role in the climate system 1 The ocean as a component of the climate system 2 Paleoclimatic ocean circulation and sea level changes Part II: Ocean observations 3 In-situ ocean observations: A brief history, present status and future directions 4 Remote sensing of the global ocean circulation Part III: Ocean processes 5 Exchanges through the ocean surface 6 Thermodynamics of seawater 7 Diapycnal mixing processes in the ocean interior 8 Lateral transport in the ocean interior 9 Global distribution and formation of mode waters 10 Deep water formation Part IV: Ocean circulation and water masses 11 Conceptual models of the wind-driven and thermohaline circulation 12 Ocean surface circulation 13 Western boundary currents 14 Currents and processes along the eastern boundaries 15 The tropical ocean circulation and dynamics 16 The marine cryosphere 17 The Arctic and subarctic oceans/seas 18 Dynamics of the Southern Ocean circulation 19 Inter-ocean and inter-basin exchanges Part V: Modeling the ocean climate system 20 Ocean circulation models and modeling 21 Dynamically and kinematically consistent global ocean circulation and ice state estimates 22 Methods and applications of ocean synthesis in climate research 23 Coupled models and climate projections 24 The oceans' role in modeling and predicting seasonal-to-interannual climate variations 25 The oceans' role in modeling and predicting decadal climate variations 26 Modeling ocean biogeochemical processes and resulting tracer distributions Part VI: The changing ocean 27 Sea-level and ocean heat-content change 28 Long-term salinity changes and implications for the global water cycle 29 Ocean heat transport 30 The marine carbon cycle and ocean carbon inventories 31 Marine ecosystems, biogeochemistry, and climate

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John Church is a physical oceanographer with particular interest in the role of the ocean in climate change and variability. He is leader of the Southern Ocean Project of the Antarctic Cooperative Research Centre and CSIRO Marine Research's Oceans and Climate Program in Hobart, Australia. He has been active in national and international leadership in ocean climate research.


"The introduction of the book summarizes the role of ocean in the present climate system and in the earlier paleoclimate state. After a discussion of current observational methods, new results are given on physical processes in the ocean. Because of the increasing importance of models for the understanding and prediction of ocean and climate change, a large part of the book deals with modeling and the results on long-term changes."--Geomar online, November 25, 2013 "Ocean Circulation and Climate belongs on every climate geek's holiday wish list.the book, subtitled 'A 21st Century Perspective", is both timely and important. It contains 31 chapters that span the present state of knowledge. The 78 authors provide a truly international perspective as recognized experts in their respective fields.", November 22, 2013 "Ocean Circulation and Climate is the culmination of a multi-national, multi-decadal program designed to observe the global ocean. ...a voluminous book, unique in that there is no other single volume to which one can turn as a source for the cutting edge of knowledge of the large-scale circulation and properties of the ocean. ...lays the foundation for the daunting challenge of understanding the future of the world oceans and their role in climate change."--EPISODES - JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL GEOSCIENCE "...excellent editing and production quality plus hundreds of diagrams and dozens of color plates. It will be essential for ocean and climate scientists for years to come."--NEW SCIENTIST, October 2001

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