Physical Oceanography Subject Library

Have you ever really stopped to think about the sun? A star, our star, the center of our solar system, poised 93 million miles from Earth, sends light on a journey of monumental importance. The energy it provides makes our planet habitable, fuels the process of photosynthesis and creates many opportunities for human commerce and recreation. As the sun and oceans heat the atmosphere, the resultant winds drive the motions of the ocean currents.The sea and the sky interact to create the Earth's climate and distribute heat on the planet. The result is an atmosphere and ocean continuously in motion. Because of Earth-observing satellites and ocean weather buoys, our ability to monitor ocean and atmospheric processes is greater than at any time in human history. At the same time, the data these satellites and buoys reveal new puzzles and spur new thinking in the physical, geological, chemical and biological forces that shape our planet.

Physical Oceanography Ocean waters of the world
Physical Oceanography Global winds
Physical Oceanography Ocean currents
Physical Oceanography Earth's heat budget
Physical Oceanography Hurricanes and typhoons
Physical Oceanography Satellite oceanography
Physical Oceanography Weather buoys
Physical Oceanography Waves
Physical Oceanography Tides
Physical Oceanography Electromagnetic radiation
Physical Oceanography Light in the sea
Physical Oceanography Calculations using Beer's Law