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Reference Resources for Exploring the World Ocean by Chamberlin and Dickey, 2008

The following references were used in preparation of the text. They are provided here for students and instructors who wish to gain a broader knowledge and explore further the concepts and ideas presented in the textbook. References with an asterisk (*) are in Professor Sean’s collection. Feel free to ask about them. And if you know of a good reference that we have omitted, please let us know! (schamberlin@fullcoll.edu)
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*Thurman, Harold V. and Alan P. Trujillo. 2003. Introductory Oceanography, 10th Edition. Prentice-Hall: NJ.

Thurman and Trujillo provide a solid foundation in geological oceanography.

Reference for: Chapter 4, Figure 4-8.
Reference for: Chapter 10, Figures 10-10, 10-22.


*Knauss, John. 1996. Introduction to Physical Oceanography. 2nd Edition. Prentice-Hall, NJ.

Reference for: Chapter 8, Figures 8-13, 8-14, The Coriolis Effect


Garrison, Tom. 2005. Oceanography: An Invitation to Marine Science. Brooks Cole: CA

Garrison’s textbook is well-known for its student-friendly tone (as, we hope, is ours!). Our version of the Ekman spiral was inspired by two of his illustrations.
Reference for: Chapter 9, Figures 9-4, 9-5


Pond, S. and G. L. Pickard. 2003. Introductory Dynamical Oceanography. Butterworth-Heiemann. Elsevier: Oxford, UK, 329pp.

Reference for: Chapter 9, World Ocean Circulation.
Reference for: Chapter 10, Wave Theory


Sverdrup, Keith A., Alyn C. Duxbury, and Alison B. Duxbury. 2005. An Introduction to the World’s Oceans, 8th Edition. McGraw-Hill Higher Education: IA.

Reference for: Chapter 9, Figures 9-14, 9-18, 9-21, 9-24, Monsoonal Circulation
Reference for: Chapter 10, Figures 10-29a
Reference for: Chapter 15, Figure 15-5, Estuaries and Tidal Lagoons


Tomczak, Matthias, and J. Stuart Godfrey. 2003. Regional Oceanography: An Introduction, 2nd Edition.

See also: http://gyre.umeoce.maine.edu/physicalocean/Tomczak/
regoc/ index.html

Reference for: Chapter 9, Table 9.3, Equatorial Currents, Monsoonal Circulation



*Earle, Sylvia. National Geographic Atlas of the Ocean. Washington, DC: National Geographic. 2001.


Mellor G. L. 1996. Introduction to Physical Oceanography. American Institute of Physics: NY. 260pp.


*Pinet, Paul R. 2006. Invitation to Oceanography, 4th Edition. Jones and Bartlett: Canada.

Reference for: Chapter 11, Figure 11-14


*Mann, K. H., and J. R. N. Lazier. 1996. Dynamics of Marine Ecosystems: Biological-Physical Interactions in the Oceans, 2nd Edition. Blackwell Science: MA

*Anikouchine, W.A. and R. W. Sternberg. 1973. The World Ocean: An Introduction to Oceanography. Prentice-Hall, Inc. Englewood Cliffs, NJ.  

This introductory oceanography textbook introduces the Principle of Unity, the idea that there is but one ocean, the world ocean. The idea is based on historical evidence that deep waters formed in specific locations of individual basins can be found throughout the ocean basins of the world. Recent observations that specific locations of the world ocean may influence global circulation—the so-called ocean choke points—further support this principle. Nowadays, most oceanographers regard the ocean as a single world ocean as opposed to several separate oceans. It would be interesting to know if Anikouchine and Sternberg were among the first to formally express the Principle of Unity or whether their description is based on other references. While the final edits of our text excluded specific reference to the Principle of Unity, the idea is inherent throughout. Reference for: Chapter 1, A World Ocean Perspective

The Endless Voyage: The Water Planet (Episode 1) & First Steps (Episode 2). 2002 (VHS and DVD). Intelecom.

Professor Sean appeared in several of the episodes of this series and helped develop learning activities to support it. While some episodes are better than others, The Endless Voyage provides one of the most complete and up-to-date series on oceanography available


*Dailey, Murray, Donald Reisch, and Jack Anderson. 1993. Ecology of the Southern California Bight: A Synthesis and Interpretation. University of California Press: Berkeley, CA.

This compilation includes articles from some of the most prominent oceanographers in this business. It is likely the most complete summary of the California Bight published to date. Notable chapters include the geologic setting (Dailey, Anderson, Reish, and Gorsline), the physical oceanography (Hickey), phytoplankton (Hardy), zooplankton (Dawson and Pieper), benthic macrophytes (Murray and Bray), and Benthic Invertebrates (Thompson, Dixon, Schroeter, and Reisch), among others.

Stewart, Robert. 2005. Introduction to Physical Oceanography.

Ocean World web site, Texas A&M University, http://oceanworld.tamu.edu/home/course_book.htm (CD-ROM) .

Reference for: Chapter 8, Figure 8-25
Reference for: Chapter 9, Figure 9-19, General Patterns of Surface Circulation, The Antarctic Circumpolar Current

*Taber, Robert W., and Harold W. Dubach. 1972. 1001 Questions Answered About the Oceans and Oceanography. Dodd, Mead, and Company: NY

*Pickard, George and William Emery. 1990 5th Edition. Descriptive Physical Oceanography: An Introduction. Butterworth Heinemann, Oxford.

Defant, A. 1961. Physical Oceanography, Volume 2. Pergamon Press: NY.

Reference for: Chapter 9, Table 9.3.

Sverdrup, H.V., M.V. Johnson, and R.H. Fleming. 1942. The Oceans: Their Physics, Chemistry, and Biology. Prentice-Hall: NJ. 1060pp.

The “father of oceanography textbooks”, this book remains an invaluable source of information on the world ocean. Comprehensive in scope and highly detailed in its content, its as much as study in the history of oceanography as it is a compendium of the state of oceanographic knowledge circa 1940.

Reference for: Chapter 9, Table 9.3

*Coker, R. E. 1962. This Great and Wide Sea: An Introduction to Oceanography and Marine Biology, Illustrated Edition. Harper Torchbooks: NY

This is one of the first books on oceanography that Professor Sean read when he was a larvae. These kinds of books are fascinating as a historical snapshot of the state of the science in a particular era and for their “personal” narratives. As an illustrated edition, it doesn’t have many illustrations, certainly not compared to modern books!

*Segar, D.A. 1998. Introduction to Ocean Sciences. Wadsworth: MA

Reference for: Chapter 13, Figure 13-14

*Steele, John H. The Structure of Marine Ecosystems. 1974. Harvard University Press: MA

Reference for: Chapter 14, The Foundations of Ecology, A Tale of Two Food Webs

*Long, Captain E. John, editor. 1964. Ocean Sciences. United States Naval Institute: MD

The past provides a glimpse of the future. This oceanography textbook, written by such luminaries as Roger Revelle, Athelstan Spilhaus, and Maurice Ewing, has many lessons for today’s oceanographers, though it was written more than four decades ago.

*Behrman, Daniel. 1969. The New World of the Oceans: Men and Oceanography. Little, Brown, and Company: MD

Reference for: Chapter 14, Fisheries Oceanography


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