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Measuring Ocean Currents: Tools, Technologies, and Data.


Measuring Ocean Currents: Tools, Technologies, and Data

Antony Joseph



426 pages




Joseph offers this historical and technical guide to ocean current measurement, of potential interest to oceanographers and marine researchers of various disciplines. The text begins with an overview of large-scale ocean currents important to global climate regulation, and the history of current measurements. The book then covers a suite of techniques for measuring large- and small-scale dynamics. Lagrangian-style surface and subsurface currents are addressed through drifter tracking; use of HF Doppler radar is for surface current characterization and remote sensing for imaging of seawater motion signatures are also discussed. Use of acoustic tomography for horizontally integrated remote measurements, and Eulerian-style measurements using mechanical and nonmechanical sensors are treated. Finally vertical profiling using probes and Doppler current profilers and remote measurements using satellite-borne altimeters are covered. The conclusion compares the merits of various techniques and summarizes progress in the field over time.

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Date:Apr 1, 2014
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