History of Physical Oceanography

Markus Jochum and Raghu Murtugudde (Editors)


Over the last five decades physical oceanography developed rapidly from a branch of fluid dynamics with only a few observations to a mature science with global field programs, large computer resources and a complex theoretical framework. Today, understanding of ice ages, global warming, or predictions of El Nino are to a large extent due to progress in understanding ocean physics. It is important therefore, that the history of physical oceanography is made known so that citizens can understand the current state of climate sciences and policy makers can make informed decisions about future research.
This volumes contains a historical introduction by Bruce Warren and twelve historical perspectives from world renowned physical oceanographers.

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