Numerical Models of Oceans and Oceanic Processes

Other | August 8, 2000

byLakshmi H. Kantha, Lakshmi H. Kantha, Carol Anne Clayson

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Oceans play a pivotal role in our weather and climate. Ocean-borne commerce is vital to our increasingly close-knit global community. Yet we do not fully understand the intricate details of how they function, how they interact with the atmosphere, and what the limits are to their biological productivity and their tolerance to wastes. While satellites are helping us to fill in the gaps, numerical ocean models are playing an important role in increasing our ability to comprehend oceanic processes, monitor the current state of the oceans, and to a limited extent, even predict their future state.
Numerical Models of Oceans and Oceanic Processes is a survey of the current state of knowledge in this field. It brings together a discussion of salient oceanic dynamics and processes, numerical solution methods, and ocean models to provide a comprehensive treatment of the topic. Starting with elementary concepts in ocean dynamics, it deals with equatorial, mid-latitude, high latitude, and coastal dynamics from the perspective of a modeler. A comprehensive and up-to-date chapter on tides is also included. This is followed by a discussion of different kinds of numerical ocean models and the pre- and post-processing requirements and techniques. Air-sea and ice-ocean coupled models are described, as well as data assimilation and nowcast/forecasts. Comprehensive appendices on wavelet transforms and empirical orthogonal functions are also included.
This comprehensive and up-to-date survey of the field should be of interest to oceanographers, atmospheric scientists, and climatologists. While some prior knowledge of oceans and numerical modeling is helpful, the book includes an overview of enough elementary material so that along with its companion volume, Small Scale Processes in Geophysical Flows, it should be useful to both students new to the field and practicing professionals.

* Comprehensive and up-to-date review
* Useful for a two-semester (or one-semester on selected topics) graduate level course
* Valuable reference on the topic
* Essential for a better understanding of weather and climate

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Oceans play a pivotal role in our weather and climate. Ocean-borne commerce is vital to our increasingly close-knit global community. Yet we do not fully understand the intricate details of how they function, how they interact with the atmosphere, and what the limits are to their biological productivity and their tolerance to wastes. W...

Dr. Clayson graduated from the University of Colorado in 1994. Since then, she has been on the faculty at Purdue University. Her principal interests are in mixing processes, air-sea exchange and numerial models. She is a recipient of NSF Young Investigator award. She has also received awards for teaching from Purdue.

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Format:OtherDimensions:750 pages, 1 × 1 × 1 inPublished:August 8, 2000Publisher:Elsevier ScienceLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Kirk Bryan, Preface, Prologue
1. Introduction to Ocean Dynamics
2. Introduction to Numerical Solutions
3. Equatorial Dynamics and Reduced Gravity Models
4. Midlatitude Dynamics and Quasi-Geostrophic Models
5. High-Latitude Dynamics and Sea-Ice Modeling
6. Tides and Tidal Modeling
7. Coastal Dynamics and Barotropic Models
8. Data and Data Processing
9. Sigma-Coordinate Regional and Coastal Models
10. Multilevel Basin Scale and Global Models
11. Layered and Isopycnal Models
12. Ice-Ocean Coupled Models
13. Ocean-Atmosphere Coupled Models
14. Data Assimilation and Nowcasts / Forecasts
Appendix A: Equations of State; Appendix B: Wavelet Transforms; Appendix C: Empirical Orthogonal Functions and Empirical Normal Modes; Appendix D: Units and Constants
References, Biographies, Index.