Inverse Methods in Physical Oceanography by Andrew F. BennettInverse Methods in Physical Oceanography by Andrew F. Bennett

Inverse Methods in Physical Oceanography

byAndrew F. Bennett

Paperback | January 21, 2008

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Professor Bennett's work explores the potential for inverse theory, emphasizing possibilities rather than expedient or rudimentary applications. In addition to interpolating the data and adding realism to the model solutions, the methods can yield estimates for unobserved flow variables, forcing fields, and model parameters. Inverse formulations can resolve ill-posed modeling problems, lead to design criteria for oceanic observing systems, and enable the testing of models as scientific hypothesis. Ocean models considered range from linear, finite-dimensional systems of equality and inequality constraints, to nonlinear, regional primitive-equation models. Examples from the recent oceanographic literature are analyzed, and several outstanding research problems are surveyed. The methods employ solution techniques including Kalman filters and smoothers, representer expansions and descent algorithms. Exercises of varying difficulty rehearse technical skills and supplement the central theoretical development.
Title:Inverse Methods in Physical OceanographyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.83 inPublished:January 21, 2008Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521055288

ISBN - 13:9780521055284


Table of Contents

Preface; 1. Finite-dimensional inverse theory; 2. The smoothing of observations; 3. Data assimilation; 4. The spatial structure of the Kalman filter; 5. Generalized inverses of dynamical models; 6. Antenna analysis; 7. Nonlinear quasi-geostrophic models; 8. Open-ocean modeling: quasi-geostrophy; 9. Primitive-equation models; 10. Outstanding problems; Bibliography; Subject index.

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"Oceanographers and meteorologists...will find that there is no substitute for this book." M. Ghil and C.L. Keppenne, PAGEOPH