Ocean Dynamics and the Carbon Cycle

  • Principles and Mechanisms
  • Richard G. Williams, Michael J. Follows
  • January 2009, Cambridge University Press
  • DOI: 10.1017/cbo9780511977817

Ocean dynamics and the carbon cycle (ISBN 978-0-521-84369-0)

What is it about?

This textbook provides (i) an introductory view of how the ocean operates, then (ii) a series of fundamental chapters for ocean physics, chemistry and biology, (iv) addresses ocean phenomena, involving seasonality, the different forms of ocean circulation and how nutrients and carbon and transferred over the globe, and (v) finishes by providing synthesis views to interpret the ocean. The book emphases an understanding of fundamental principles and illustrates the controlling mechanisms with data-based diagnostics.

Why is it important?

The ocean is a crucial part of our climate system. Understanding the processes at work in the ocean is important if we wish to understand the past, the present day and the future likely states of the ocean. The oceans play a crucial role in the climate system by redistributing heat and carbon across the planet through a complex interplay of physical, chemical and biological processes


Professor Richard G Williams
University of Liverpool Department of Earth Ocean and Ecological Sciences

We wrote this book to address a gap between the physical views of how the ocean behaves and biogeochemical views. We have targeted the book to address the skills and knowledge needed by our PhD students and postdoctoral researchers to do cutting-edge, inter-disciplinary research. This book represents a synthesis of our research work, brought together in hopefully an accessible manner, with a strong emphasis on the fundamentals of the subject and focussing on the controlling mechanisms.

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