||Jacques C. J. Nihoul
||Elsevier Oceanography Series
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Mathematical models of marine systems developed in the recent years very extensively. Such models were either research models, which aimed at a better understanding of the systems' dynamics, or they were management models designed to assist the administration of water resources and the fight against pollution. Initially, the models concentrated on physical, chemical or biological processes according to their particular concerns. Then, the increased threat on the environment requiring a more thorough understanding of ecosystems, the models were extended, in an effort to overlap the frontiers between the disciplines and include imperatives from other fields. Exhaustive multidisciplinary models were conceived which were sometimes praised sometimes criticized for their ambition. The prodigious development of numerical techniques and computing facilities, recently, supported the idea that such ambitious models were not unrealistic and could provide a convenient framework for the rational assemblage of the so far dispersed partial models. The book consists of three major parts covering concepts and techniques of marine modelling, the present state of marine modelling, and reports of the working groups and recommendations for future work, correspondingly.