Climate and the Oceans

Climate and the Oceans

Climate and the Oceans

Climate and the Oceans

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The truth and nothing but the truth, but not
the whole truth.

THIS IS A BOOK ON CLIMATE, WITH AN EMPHASIS ON THE role of the ocean. The emphasis is on large-scale processes and phenomena, and on the physical aspects of the ocean rather than its chemical or biological properties. it is not a textbook on physical oceanography, of which there are several good ones, nor is it a textbook on climate, of which there are some good ones. Rather, and as its size may indicate, the book is an introduction to, or a primer on, the ocean–climate system.

This book could be used to provide an introductory “big picture” for more advanced students or for scientists in other fields, or it could provide advanced reading for undergraduate students taking courses at a more elementary level. The book is somewhat more mechanistic than most books at this level: the emphasis is on how things work, and in particular how the ocean works and how it influences climate. I discuss observations to motivate the discussion, but the main emphasis is not on what things happen to be, but why and how they happen to be.

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