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Modeling Methods for Marine Science

Modeling Methods for Marine Science


  • Date Published: July 2011
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521867832


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  • This advanced textbook on modeling, data analysis and numerical techniques for marine science has been developed from a course taught by the authors for many years at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. The first part covers statistics: singular value decomposition, error propagation, least squares regression, principal component analysis, time series analysis and objective interpolation. The second part deals with modeling techniques: finite differences, stability analysis and optimization. The third part describes case studies of actual ocean models of ever increasing dimensionality and complexity, starting with zero-dimensional models and finishing with three-dimensional general circulation models. Throughout the book the general principles and goals of scientific visualization are emphasized through technique and application. Ideal as a textbook for advanced students of oceanography on courses in data analysis and numerical modeling, the book is also an invaluable resource for a broad range of scientists undertaking modeling in chemical, biological, geological and physical oceanography.

    • Integrates data analysis and numerical modeling in a single, coherent framework, allowing students to understand the natural flow from measurement to scientific understanding
    • Translates theory into practical, step-by-step example code in MATLAB, allowing students to apply what they learn by giving them hands-on computer experience
    • Provides clear explanations of key concepts through real world examples and case studies drawn from a wide range of marine science applications
    • Accessible to students and researchers from a broad range of backgrounds, with few prerequisites in science and mathematics needed
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    "This textbook can be considered as a reference in data analysis and numerical modeling. For readers who are interested in the numerical side of marine science, this book presents lots of methods and provides numerous useful tools...Its readability makes it an excellent manual that I would definitely recommend around me, both for students and for researchers" - Virginie Raybaud, Limnology and Oceanography Bulletin

    "I learned some new things from this book, especially about geochemistry..I believe that no other book covers the same topics as this book does, so in that sense it is unique...I very highly recommend this book for use in courses that cover modeling methods in oceanography or geophysics, and to researches." - Peter Gent, Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, July 2012

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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 2011
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521867832
    • length: 588 pages
    • dimensions: 255 x 180 x 30 mm
    • weight: 1.28kg
    • contains: 161 b/w illus. 11 tables 40 exercises
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Resources, MATLAB primer and introduction to linear algebra
    2. Measurement theory, probability distributions, error propagation and analysis
    3. Least squares and regression techniques, goodness of fit and tests, and non-linear least square techniques
    4. Principal component and factor analysis
    5. Sequence analysis I: uniform series, cross- and auto-correlation, and Fourier transforms
    6. Sequence analysis II: optimal filtering and spectral analysis
    7. Gridding, objective mapping and kriging
    8. Integration of ODEs and 0-D (box) models
    9. A model building tutorial
    10. Model analysis and optimization
    11. Advection-diffusion equations and turbulence
    12. Finite difference techniques
    13. Open ocean 1-D advection-diffusion models
    14. 1-D models in sedimentary systems
    15. Upper ocean 1-D seasonal models
    16. 2-D gyre models
    17. 3-D general circulation models
    18. Inverse methods and assimilation techniques
    19. Scientific visualization
    Appendix: hints and tricks

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    General ResourcesMATLAB computer modeling codezip1798KB1 general resources general resources general resourcesgeneral resources

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  • Authors

    David M. Glover, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Massachusetts

    William J. Jenkins, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Massachusetts

    Scott C. Doney, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Massachusetts

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