Marine Science & Oceanography


You are strongly encouraged to have a close look at this third release of the bestseller written by one of the most recognized and respected experts, explaining how the professional weather forecasts should actually be combined with the self-assessment of the observed condition of the sky in order to get to a proper local coming weather forecast.

The publication is intended to serve as a basic guidebook describing the fundamentals of the process of forming weather, and it provides the readers with the knowledge and understanding of the process required for correct interpretations of the signs of the sky. The volume has been in wide use for more than a twenty years, and the success of the previous two editions made the author prepare a third one, featuring the significantly improved and thoroughly revised content.

The text now is even more reader friendly, and supplemented with the numerous images. The explanatory part has also been improved to meet the requirements of the readers. Note that the volume also deals with the newly introduced sources of weather info, such as the internet websites and applications that provide seamen with the forecasts. It is a truly perfect intro book for those willing to understand weather better.

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Today, the problem of ocean turbulence experiences so many different challenges since it is still in the process of development, being a relatively new study. The author of the present title made an effort to provide readers with the detailed and easily understandable description of the fundamental dynamic processes controlling the turbulence distribution as well as the spread of the kinetic energy.

In addition, the major effects that the subject dissipation has on dispersion of the heat and salinity of the ocean water, and many other effects. All of the processes dealt with by the author have been supplemented with the experiments conducted in the lab environment, as well as by the field observations.

All of these eventually resulted in a perfect reference source to be used by the seniors and graduates; however, the information contained herein will be valuable to the researchers who can use the volume for the general overview of the subject. Considering the way in which the material is presented, we could recommend the publication even to the broad readership, i.e. one does not have to be the professional in this field to be able to understand the content clearly and benefit from reading.

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This new book by Murry Salby was specifically written with the intention to provide all interested readers with an integrated treatment of all processes that control the Earth-Atmosphere system. The content of the volume has been developed on the basis of the initial principles through the proper balance of theory and possible applications. The book is built on the materials contained in the previous publication by the author, with its scope being significantly expanded to include the climate matters.

This is an excellent textbook for the intermediate level students and we would recommend it to be used as the reference source for both researchers and graduates - the text in the publication is supported with the problems and their solutions explained in detail. The volume will provide a conceptual and at the same time quantitative understanding of the various controlling influences, that are integrated via the theory and their applications.

The book was released to lead the readers through the development of the various physical processes shaping the weather, climate, and global energetics. There are several problems of different difficulty, presented at the end of the each chapter to develop the knowledge and quantitative application of the students; subject problems are supported by correct answers and solutions.

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Traditionally, water and air are so much familiar for all of us that anyone is expected to be well aware of everything related to them. However, we do understand the difficulty experienced when trying to make any prediction of the behavior of the air and water. The reason for that is that there are too many unanswered questions that seriously limit our knowledge of the subject.

We only have some general understanding of the processes causing the generation of the cyclones, tsunamis and all other phenomena. Is it possible to accurately predict the weather for tomorrow or for the next month at all? The present volume is intended to give some answers to the above questions through application of the newly introduced strategy when the one describes before he or she explains the matter.

The author starts considering the air and water at rest, or at the so-called equilibrium, and then moves towards the discussion on the various dynamic phenomena, emphasizing the larger scale structures. Most of those are covered in the volume, and then the author starts talking about the human-made structures, such as the marine ports and dams serving to make the water resources work for the human beings. More than one hundred of detailed pictures and several equations supplement the narrative text part.

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One of the main aims of the author in writing this relatively compact textbook was mainly to produce a good and understandable text that would be enhancing the natural enthusiasm of the students for the ocean. It was actually students' request for a readable, engaging, and thorough text that initiated the project a long time ago. Through the nearly thirty years the author has been writing textbooks, and his enthusiasm for oceanic knowledge has increased, forcing his reviewers and editors to weed out an excessive number of exclamations.

However, the enthusiasm does shine through... This clear and current book is considered one of the most popular and also deservedly recognized all around the world. This revision of the publication is including the updated info related to the problem of global warming, and the text of the book is supplemented with numerous informative illustrations. Increased emphasis has been made by the author on the inter-disciplinary idea of the marine science.

The author is bringing the focus to the excitement to the quite complex nature of the world ocean; in addition, he also addresses the interaction of the ocean with other systems. Definitely, this is one of the most important and must-have titles on the bookshelf of literally any oceanography and marine science student, professional or enthusiast.

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The present Encyclopedia can definitely be treated as the most comprehensive and authoritative book on the ocean science of all those available today. This brilliant work was written by the recognized experts and features the valuable contributions from the world known scientists working in the field of marine science, and addresses all physical processes driving the oceans of the world together with the relevant disciplines.

In addition to that, the content of the volume also deals with the topics like global programs and ocean technology, as well as the marine policy and regulatory framework. The impact of the environment pollution is covered together with the climate change. The users will benefit from the easily arrange access to hundreds of interesting articles, cross-referenced and supplemented with the numerous photographs.

Each of the articles is devoted to one specific topic and is written in the way allowing undergraduates to follow the explanations. The active researchers and professionals in the field will appreciate the information on the very latest technical advances. The document will also be interesting to the non-professionals and general readership.

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The main idea of this publication is to link the environments of the South Pacific islands with the tropical cyclones in the region. It covers the climatology as well as the impacts of the tropical cyclones in the subject area. The author starts with describing the main characteristics of the cyclones and their behavior. In addition to that, the assessment of the outlook of the potential climate changes is provided.

Due attention has been paid by the author to the hydrological and also geomorphological responses – they are analyzed and explained in detail, with the numerous examples provided. The first three section of the book are dealing with the structure of the tropical cyclones, climatic influences, formation and development of the tropical storms on their early and mature stages, storm decay etc. after that, the patterns and behavior of the cyclones are addressed, together with the meteorological conditions, such as the low pressure, winds, sea flooding and others.

The impacts of the cyclones are covered in the second half of the publication, dealing with the mass movements, slope stability, coastal erosion and deposition, etc. – note that the theoretical information has been supplemented with the case studies.

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There are so many discussions today about the water availability and the future of this in light of the greenhouse effect. That is quite understandable, considering the critical importance of the water for the life and the actual existence of the mankind. What are the perspectives, what will happen in the future, will anything change or remain same?

Dozens of profound questions are to be addressed and answered by the governments of all countries, being treated as top priority. The proper and careful planning traditionally bases on the water supply estimation through application of the information contained in the historical precipitation data together with the projection of the future demands of the humans. The main challenge here is that the above mentioned historic data is subject to the changes due to the greenhouse effect.

The scientists involved in this issue are using the climate models when trying to forecast how exactly the availability of the water can change in the near and distant future. This Atlas will provide all necessary information and data in this regard, based on the IPCC AR 4 climate models, presented in the form of informative tables and diagrams, duly updated and ready for use at any time.

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