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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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Physics & Physical Oceanography

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Giambattista, Alan, Betty McCarthy Richardson, and Robert Richardson. 2004. College Physics. McGraw-Hill Higher Education: IA.

This textbook features a number of very nice explanations and accompanying figures for physics phenomena of interest to the oceanographer.


*Fu, Lee-Lueng and Anny Cazenave. 2001. Satellite Altimetry and Earth Sciences: A Handbook of Techniques and Applications. Academic Press: San Diego.

This is an advanced textbook on satellite altimetry.


*Jones, E.J.W. 1999. Marine Geophysics. John Wiley and Sons: UK

This advanced textbook in marine geophysics is most useful for responding to technical questions about the principles behind seafloor surveys and how oceanographers conduct them.


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

Reference for: Chapter 8, Figures 8-13, 8-14, The Coriolis Effect
Reference for: Chapter 10, Figure 10-8, Wave Theory, Analyzing Natural Waves


Maury, Matthew. 1855 (1963). The Physical Geography of the Sea and Its Meteorology. The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press: MA

Reference for: Chapter 9, World Ocean Circulation.



Cushman-Roisan, B. 1994. Introduction to Geophysical Fluid Dynamics. Prentice Hall: NJ. 320pp.

Reference for: Chapter 10, Wave Theory


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

Reference for: Chapter 10, Wave Theory


*Barger, Vernon D., and Martin G. Olsson. 1995. Classical Mechanics.: A Modern Perspective, 2nd Edition. McGraw-Hill: NY


Stewart, Robert. 2005. Introduction to Physical Oceanography. Ocean World web site, Texas A&M University, (CD-ROM) http://oceanworld.tamu.edu/home/course_book.htm

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

*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.

Gordon, Arnold L. 1972. Studies in Physical Oceanography: A Tribute to Georg Wust on his 80th Birthday, Volume 1. Gordon and Breach Science Publishers: NY

Reference for: Chapter 9, Western Boundary Current

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

Warren, Bruce A. and Carl Wunsch. 1981. Evolution of Physical Oceanography: Scientific Surveys in Honor of Henry Stommel. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MA.

This is a rare and incredibly insightful and useful volume on ocean circulation. With contributions from a Who’s Who of physical oceanography, this volume serves as a review of oceanographic thinking about ocean circulation circa 1980.

Reference for: Chapter 9, The Foundations of Dynamical Physical Oceanography, General Patterns of Deep Circulation, T-S Diagrams, Water Mass Identification

Tchernia, Paul. 1980. Descriptive Regional Oceanography. Pergamon Press: Oxford, UK

Worthington, L. V. and W. R. Wright. 1970. North Atlantic Ocean Atlas of Potential Temperature and Salinity in the Deep Water, Including Temperature, Salinity, and Oxygen Profiles from the Erika Dan Cruise of 1962. Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution: MA


Neumann, G. and W.J. Pierson, Jr. 1966. Principles of Physical Oceanography. Prentice-Hall: NJ. 545pp.

Reference for: Chapter 10, Wave Theory

Newton, I. 1687. Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica. See: Newton’s Principia. Cjori’s 1946 Revision of Motte’s 1729 translation. University of California Press: CA. 680pp.

Reference for: Chapter 10, The Development of Wave Theory
Reference for: Chapter 11, A Brief History, What Causes Tides?

*Vogel, Steven. 1981. Life in Moving Fluids: The Physical Biology of Flow. Princeton University Press: NJ
*Morowitz, Harold J. 1968. Energy Flow in Biology: Biological Organization as a Problem in Thermal Physics. Academic Press: NY

The Endless Voyage: Beneath the Surface and Going to Extremes (Episodes 8 and 9). 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



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