The Dance of Air and Sea: How oceans, weather, and life link together

Hardcover | March 10, 2011

byArnold H. Taylor

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How can the tiny plankton in the sea just off Western Europe be affected by changes 6000 km away on the other side of the North Atlantic Ocean? How can a slight rise in the temperature of the surface of the Pacific Ocean have a devastating impact on amphibian life in Costa Rica?Living populations across the globe are connected by great swayings of the world's atmosphere and oceans, the largest of which is El Nino. For almost half a century, the numbers of some of the smallest animals in the North Sea have gone up and down as the Gulf Stream has moved north and south 4000miles away at the coast of the USA. This connection has happened because the weather patterns over the North Atlantic are intertwined by a phenomenon first described by a Danish missionary in the eighteenth century, the North Atlantic Oscillation.In The Dance of Air and Sea Arnold Taylor focuses on the large-scale dynamics of the world's climate, looking at how the atmosphere and oceans interact, and the ways in which ecosystems in water and on land respond to changes in weather. He tells stories of how discoveries were made, and thescientists who made them; and he considers the crucial issues of how the discoveries aid our response to global warming.

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How can the tiny plankton in the sea just off Western Europe be affected by changes 6000 km away on the other side of the North Atlantic Ocean? How can a slight rise in the temperature of the surface of the Pacific Ocean have a devastating impact on amphibian life in Costa Rica?Living populations across the globe are connected by great...

Arnold Taylor worked for thirty years in oceanographic research at Plymouth Marine Laboratory. He currently has three honorary positions; Visiting Professor in Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Plymouth, Fellow of the Plymouth Marine Laboratory, and Fellow of the Sir Alister Hardy Foundation for Ocean Science. He has pub...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:March 10, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199565597

ISBN - 13:9780199565597

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Table of Contents

1. A 4000-mile Plankton Riddle2. The Ways of the Ocean: How the ocean side of the connection functions3. At the Behest of the Weather: How weather affects biological populations4. The Snake in the Mathematical Grass: How non-linearity limits predictability5. Every Wind has its Weather: How the world's weather system works6. The Tangled Skeins of the World's Weather: Global interconnections in weather patterns7. Action at a Distance: How the ocean affects the atmosphere and the North Atlantic Oscillation8. Lighthouses on the Shores of the Climate:How ecosystems can be particularly sensitive to climatic changes9. Drunken Trees in the Greenhouse: The greenhouse effect and global warming10. As the Tempo of the Dance Heats Up... : Implications for future climatic changesConclusion