Introduction into Physical Oceanography.

Hummels, Rebecca (2018) Introduction into Physical Oceanography. In: Handbook on Marine Environment Protection. , ed. by Solomon, Markus and Markus, Till. Springer, Cham, Switzerland, pp. 3-35. ISBN 978-3-319-60156-4 DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-60156-4_1.

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The fundamental basis to understand the distribution and variability of abiotic variables within the oceans such as e.g. temperature and salinity are the underlying physical dynamics. These dynamics depend on the setting of the ocean basins and external forcing mechanisms. In this chapter water mass characteristics and their formation processes are described as well as fundamental principles, which set the oceans into motion. These fundamentals are the premise to understand possible future climate changes, the distribution and evolution of marine ecosystems and related economic interests and conflicts

Document Type: Book chapter
Keywords: Physical oceanography; Water mass properties; Water mass formation and spreading; Wind driven circulation; Geostrophy; Waves; El Nino
Research affiliation: OceanRep > GEOMAR > FB1 Ocean Circulation and Climate Dynamics > FB1-PO Physical Oceanography
DOI etc.: 10.1007/978-3-319-60156-4_1
Date Deposited: 10 Jan 2019 09:57
Last Modified: 10 Jan 2019 09:57

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