Ocean Studies: Introduction to Oceanography
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Recently revised, this full-color, hardcover textbook, by Joseph M. Moran, has 15 chapters examining the world ocean from an Earth system perspective. The ocean is explored with emphasis on how it fits within the Earth system. From the Arctic sea ice to beaches and barrier islands, from hydrothermal vents to the dynamic coasts, the properties of the ocean as salt water, the interaction of currents and waves, and the life within are examined in this introductory text.
For introductory college-level students, teachers and enthusiasts, Ocean Studies explores the ocean in the Earth system.
The text emphasizes:
- the flow and transformations of water and energy into and out of the ocean,
- physical and chemical properties of seawater,
- ocean circulation,
- marine life—its habitats and adaptations,
- interactions between the ocean and the other components of the Earth system, and
- the human/societal impacts on and response to those interactions.
Each chapter opens with a Case-in-Point, an authentic, relevant, and real-life event or issue that highlights or applies one or more of the main concepts covered in the chapter. In essence, the Case-in-Point previews the chapter and is intended to engage reader interest early on. Chapter 15 (Ocean Problems and Policy), for example, opens with a discussion of the recent BP Horizon oil spill and its impact on people and other animals living in the Gulf. The Case-in-Point is followed by a sample Driving Question, a broad-based query that links chapter concepts and provides a central focus for that week's study. At the end of each chapter are essays that go into greater depth on specific related topics. In Chapter 12 (The Ocean and Climate Change), one of the three essays explores climate reconstruction from glacial ice cores, and in Chapter 15, the last essay examines how oil-spill trajectories are determined.
Joseph M. Moran has authored over a dozen college-level textbooks in meteorology, Earth sciences, and environmental sciences, including textbooks developed as integral components of AMS Education Program course offerings. He is also Professor Emeritus, Natural and Applied Sciences/Earth Science, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. He is a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society, awarded in recognition of his extensive contributions advancing scientific literacy in the atmospheric and related Earth sciences.