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The Turbulent Ocean

The Turbulent Ocean

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  • Date Published: November 2005
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521835435

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  • The subject of ocean turbulence is in a state of discovery and development with many intellectual challenges. This book describes the principal dynamic processes that control the distribution of turbulence, its dissipation of kinetic energy and its effects on the dispersion of properties such as heat, salinity, and dissolved or suspended matter in the deep ocean, the shallow coastal and the continental shelf seas. It focuses on the measurement of turbulence, and the consequences of turbulent motion in the oceanic boundary layers at the sea surface and near the seabed. Processes are illustrated by examples of laboratory experiments and field observations. The Turbulent Ocean provides an excellent resource for senior undergraduate and graduate courses, as well as an introduction and general overview for researchers. It will be of interest to all those involved in the study of fluid motion, in particular geophysical fluid mechanics, meteorology and the dynamics of lakes.

    • Comprehensive overview of recent research
    • Process descriptions illustrated with experimental and field observations
    • Of interest across disciplines: physical, biological, chemical and geophysical oceanography
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    "The Turbulent Ocean will be found tremendously useful by graduate students as well as by researchers, because it compiles and overviews a large set of phenomena, ranging from internal waves to convection and from double diffusion to planetary waves. The main beauty and uniqueness of this book is that it allows the reader to grasp essential physics without being buried under an avalanche of mathematical methods and the corresponding theoretical assumptions, as is often the case with texts on turbulence and ocean dynamics."
    Pavel Berloff, Journal of Fluid Mechanics

    "The Turbulent Ocean gives a very comprehensive overview of our present knowledge of ocean turbulence...In addiction to the up-the-the-minute results, the author draws upon his long experience to provide historical perspectives that are both fascinating and enlightening...will make a very valuable addition to any oceanographer's collection."
    William D. Smyth, Oceanography

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2005
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521835435
    • length: 484 pages
    • dimensions: 254 x 178 x 28 mm
    • weight: 1.137kg
    • contains: 16 colour illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Heat, buoyancy, instability and turbulence
    2. Neutral stability: internal waves
    3. Instability and transition to turbulence in stratified shear flows
    4. Convective instabilities
    5. Instability and breaking of internal waves in mid-water
    6. The measurement of turbulence and mixing
    7. Fine-structure, transient structures and turbulence in mid-water
    8. The benthic boundary layer
    9. The upper ocean boundary layer
    10. Shallow sea
    11. Boundary layers on beaches and submarine slopes
    12. Topographically-related turbulence
    13. Large-scale waves, eddies and dispersion
    14. Epilogue

  • Author

    S. A. Thorpe, University of Wales, Bangor
    Stephen Thorpe is an Emeritus Professor at the University of Southampton and an Honorary Professor at the School of Ocean Sciences, Bangor.

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