Ocean Monitoring Books

  • Coral reef degradation in the Indian Ocean : status report 2005

    Since the 1998 coral bleaching and mortality, which affected reefs throughout the tropics, a number of projects dealing with research, monitoring and management of coral reefs have been conducted. A number of these projects have been carried out under the CORDIO Program in the Indian Ocean where coral reefs have been severely impacted by bleaching ...

  • Coastal oceans research and development in the Indian Ocean : status report 2008

    The CORDIO programme, which started in 1999 as a pragmatic response to the impacts of global warming on coral reefs, has over the years improved our knowledge and management of coral reefs. Data collection in the Curieuse Marine Park in the Seychelles was instrumental in guiding government policy over the management of marine protected areas, ...

  • Ocean Sciences Bridging the Millennia

    Since the rise of ancient civilizations, human curiosity has led to relentless exploration in an attempt to understand the oceans that cover 70% of our planet. The findings of ancient maritime explorers still form the foundation of modern knowledge and research, which benefit from increasingly precise instruments and platforms such as large ...

  • El Nino: Fact and Fiction

    What is El Nino? A caprice of the heavens? A scapegoat for every calamity? This book has been devised with the aim of helping the general public understand the El Nino phenomena. El Nino: Fact and Fiction takes the reader on a tour of the Earth's climate machine, deciphering the mysteries of one of its more extreme components. Written for ...

  • A Window on the Future of Geodesy

    This book collects the proceedings of the symposia held during the 36th IAG General Assembly. This international event, held every fourth year, serves as a forum to announce and record new achievements and the primary research directions of the worldwide geodetic community. The actual date of this assembly, on the verge of the 3rd millennium, adds ...

  • Ocean Weather Forecasting

    The field of physical oceanography has matured to a point where it is now conceivable to combine numerical models and observations via data assimilation in order to provide ocean prediction products on various spatial and time scales. As a result, many nations have begun large-scale efforts to provide routine products to the oceanographic ...

  • Marine Toxins as Research Tools

    Marine organisms produce a wide array of toxins, many of which are not only structurally unusual, but also show potent and interesting modes of action. Since the discovery of tetrodotoxin, a pufferfish toxin, as a potent and selective blocker of Na+ channels in 1964, it has been widely used as a research tool in pharmacological and physiological ...

  • Dynamical Oceanography

    This textbook provides a mathematical introduction to the theory of large-scale ocean circulation and is accessible for readers with an elementary knowledge of mathematics and physics, including continuum mechanics and solution methods for ordinary differential equations. The book consists of four parts. Part I (chapters 1 - 4) is a very brief ...

  • Biochemical Cycling and Sediment Ecology

    The present book represents a unique survey of recent Russian research on element cycling in the ocean, with new data on the Aral Sea. It takes the form of a broad-scale review of organic matter cycling in the world's oceans and in particular the working of marginal filters. An up-to-date survey of sediment ecology and key aspects, such as ...

  • Mantle and Lower Crust Exposed in Oceanic Ridges and in Ophiolites

    The processes involved in accretion taking place at oceanic ridges are approached here via petrological and structural analysis of oceanic rocks in present-day oceanic ridges, combined with similar studies based on ophiolites, and includes present cases of slow and fast oceanic spreading and inferred analogues in ophiolites. A complementary ...

  • Nonlinear Physical Oceanography

    In this book, the methodology of dynamical systems theory is applied to investigate the physics of the global ocean circulation. Topics include the dynamics of the Gulf Stream in the Atlantic Ocean, the stability of the thermohaline circulation and the El Niño/Southern Oscillation phenomenon in the Tropical Pacific. On the other hand, the ...

  • Ocean Modelling for Beginners

    The book gives an introduction to computer-based modelling of oceanic processes. It is the first of its kind and contains over twenty practical exercises, using freely available Open-Source software, and covers a wide range of topics from long surface waves, geostrophic flows, through to the general wind-driven circulation including western ...

  • Marine Ecological Processes

    The oceans represent a vast, complex and poorly understood ecosystem. Marine Ecological Processes is a modern review and synthesis of marine ecology that provides the reader--particularly the graduate student--with a lucid introduction to the intellectual concepts, approaches, and methods of this evolving discipline.Comprehensive in its coverage, ...

  • Fluid Mechanics and the Environment: Dynamical Approaches

    This book is a collection of papers presented at a symposium held in honor of Sidney Leibovich. According all papers deal with mathematical or computational aspects of fluid dynamics applied mostly to atmospheric or oceanographic problems. All contributions are research papers having not only the specialist but also graduate students in ...

  • Sound Images of the Ocean

    Sound Images of the Ocean is the first book of its kind which offers a comprehensive overview of acoustic imaging applications in the various fields of marine research, utilization, surveillance, and protection. The book employs 400 sound images of the sea floor and of processes in the sea volume, contributed by more than 120 marine experts from ...

  • Dynamics of Coral Communities

    This book focuses on the dynamical processes influencing the structure of coral communities, some of the most biologically diverse communities on earth. A variety of biological and physical processes operating across an enormous range of spatiotemporal scales are highlighted (e.g., niche partitioning, biological interactions, disturbance ...

  • The Arctic Basin

    This unique group of authors from the Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute in St. Petersburg, Russia, have all achieved individual doctoral theses on various aspects of Arctic and Antarctic research. Ivan Frolov, whose speciality is oceanography, has completed a study of Arctic Ice Cover, researching ice distribution in the seas of the Russian ...

  • The Ocean Carbon Cycle and Climate

    The great questions that challenge our understanding of the global carbon cycle are: What are the basic oceanic mechanisms that control the oceanic carbon reservoirs and the partitioning of carbon between the ocean and the atmosphere? How do these mechanisms depend on the state of the climate system and how does the carbon cycle feed back to the ...

  • Modelling Ocean Climate Variability

    In this wide-ranging and comprehensive review of the historical development and current status of ocean circulation models, the analysis extends from simple analytical approaches to the latest high-resolution numerical models with data assimilation. The authors, both of whom are pioneer scientists in ocean and shelf sea modelling, look back at the ...

  • Advanced Ocean Modelling

    This book introduces the reader to advanced methods used in the computer-based modelling of fluid processes. This includes nonhydrostatic processes such as breaking internal waves and density-driven convection, but the model code is also used to simulate an El-Niño event! The book contains 25 practical exercises, using freely available Open-Source ...

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