INTRODUCTION. TO The language of physical oceanography is primarily that of physics with a rather J. A. Knauss, , Deep-Sea Res., 6(4): Reviewed by Karen Carroll, Assistant Professor, Umpqua Community College on 8/22/ This text is very comprehensive. It covers a wide variety of aspects of. Introduction to Physical Oceanography has 18 ratings and 2 reviews. Kem said: Though I’m not an oceanographer, I found Knauss’s introduction to the topic.
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This text is very comprehensive. It covers a wide variety of aspects of physical oceanography, however it does not include much ocean chemistry. The text appears to be very accurate in its information, both in terms of reading content and mathematical examples. This text contains current information and examples as of today. Some information could become outdated in the near future, as far as numerical models and equipment for measurements are concerned.
However, this could be updated in a oxeanography easy manner.
This is well-designed for an upper division undergraduate course, but not for use for an introductory oceanography course. This text was consistent throughout.
Introduction to Physical Oceanography
All of the chapters have the same “voice” and the descriptions and examples are written at an equal level of knowledge. On a large scale, this text was well-organized into chapters.
Within the chapters, some of the material could be grouped in a more organized manner.
Overall, this text flows well. It pushes the reader forward and does seems organized in a logical pattern. There were not any issues with navigation of the web pages.
The site for the text appears to be down for both the pdf and the web version as I write this. Perhaps this is due to an update or error at the site’s network.
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From my perspective, this text is not culturally insensitive. As this is a scientific text, there is not a lot of general cultural information. This is a great text for an undergraduate upper division course. It would need to be updated on a regular basis to stay current with the field.
I would recommend this text to someone teaching a physical oceanography course. This textbook covers physical-oceanographic intorduction, theories, data, and measurements, targeted at upper-division undergraduates and graduate students in oceanography, meteorology, and ocean engineering. In addition to the classical topics, the author includes discussions of heat fluxes, the role of the ocean in climate, the deep circulation, equatorial processes including El Nino, data bases used by oceanographers, the role of satellites and data from space, ship-based measurements, and the importance introduuction vorticity in understanding oceanic flows.
Students should have studied differential equations and introductory college physics, although math is de-emphasized.
Read this book PDF. Reviews Learn more about reviews. Comments This is a great text for an undergraduate upper division course. Table of Contents Chapter 1: A Voyage of Discovery. About the Book This textbook covers physical-oceanographic processes, theories, data, and measurements, targeted at upper-division undergraduates and graduate students in oceanography, meteorology, and ocean engineering.