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Numerical Models of Oceans and Oceanic Processes


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Foreword by Kirk Bryan, Preface, Prologue 1. Introduction to Ocean Dynamics 2. Introduction to Numerical Solutions 3. Equatorial Dynamics and Reduced Gravity Models 4. Midlatitude Dynamics and Quasi-Geostrophic Models 5. High-Latitude Dynamics and Sea-Ice Modeling 6. Tides and Tidal Modeling 7. Coastal Dynamics and Barotropic Models 8. Data and Data Processing 9. Sigma-Coordinate Regional and Coastal Models 10. Multilevel Basin Scale and Global Models 11. Layered and Isopycnal Models 12. Ice-Ocean Coupled Models 13. Ocean-Atmosphere Coupled Models 14. Data Assimilation and Nowcasts / Forecasts Appendix A: Equations of State; Appendix B: Wavelet Transforms; Appendix C: Empirical Orthogonal Functions and Empirical Normal Modes; Appendix D: Units and Constants References, Biographies, Index.

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* Comprehensive and up-to-date review * Useful for a two-semester (or one-semester on selected topics) graduate level course * Valuable reference on the topic * Essential for a better understanding of weather and climate

About the Author

Dr. Kantha graduated witha Ph.D. from M.I.T. in 1973. He then joined the John Hopkins Unversity and worked on problems related to mixing precesses in the oceans. In the 1980's his interest turned to numerical modeling of the oceans and he worked at the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory of the Princeton University. After a brief stay at the Naval Research Laboratory at Stennis Space Center in Mississippi, he joined the University of Colorado in 1991. He has worked closely with the Naval Oceanographic Office and the Naval Research Laboratory on operational nowcast/forecast models of the Mediterranean Sea, the Red Sea, the Yellow Sea and the Persian Gulf. He has received awards from the U.S. Navy for his assistance during Desert Storm. His current research interest is in combining satellite data such as from altimeters with comprehensive numerical ocean/atmosphere models for application to real time nowcast/forecasts of marginal seas. He holds an IPA appointment from the Naval Oceanographic Office and assist them on operational models of marginal seas. Dr. Clayson graduated from the University of Colorado in 1994. Since then, she has been on the faculty at Purdue University. Her principal interests are in mixing processes, air-sea exchange and numerial models. She is a recipient of NSF Young Investigator award. She has also received awards for teaching from Purdue.


From the Foreword by Kirk Bryan "This book...draws from many sources and an extensive background and experience in modeling to provide an understandable teaching tool and guide for research." "Ideal for a student or researcher who wants to understand the mathematical fundamentals of ocean processes." THE LEADING EDGE "I recommend the book to anyone wanting to obtain a deeper understanding of the many scientific and numerical aspects of oceanic circulation problems. "Numerical Models of Oceans and Oceanic Processes" is an indispensable textbook for graduate courses in geophysical fluid dynamics, applied hydrodynamics, ocean engineering and physical oceanography." --Andrzej Icha, Polish Academy of Science "...a tremendous source and time saver to numerical modelers...unhesitatingly recommended to anyone interested in numerical modeling." --Applied Mechanics Reviews, Volume 54 (1), Jan 2001 "When reading the book, because of my own area of research I had a particular interest in seeing how well it covered the different Arakawa grids, the three main types of deep-ocean model, the theory of tides, the representation of sea-ice, isopycnal mixing and open boundary conditions. I was pleased to find that they were all included, which must be a first, and that the sections concerned were often excellent introductions to the subjects." --D. Webb, Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 2001, Vol. 442.

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