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Ocean Studies topics updated for the 3rd edition include the origin of seawater, hydrothermal vents, seawater pH and ocean acidification, marine sediments, meridional overturning circulation (MOC), marine life and the ozone shield, global radiation budget, large-scale ocean circulation, water wave generation, rogue waves, the tsunami hazard, monitoring sea level from space, methane hydrates, harmful algal blooms (HABs), coastal dead zones, dams and marine habitats, marine protected areas, threats to coral reefs, threatened and endangered species, the ocean as a reservoir in the global carbon cycle, lessons of the climate record, climate change and the climate future, global warming and rising sea level, trends in Arctic sea ice cover, El Niño and La Niña, beaches and barrier islands, coastal storms, restoration of Chesapeake Bay, remote sensing of the ocean, responding to marine oil spills, and scientific ocean drilling.


Ocean Studies: Introduction to Oceanography

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    The third edition features:

  • Coverage of major ocean issues, including the 2011 Japan tsunami, 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, ocean acidification, and harmful algal blooms.
  • Comprehensive and well-illustrated examination of physical, chemical, geological, and biological topics in Oceanography.
  • Coverage of overfishing, mariculture, lost wetlands, restoration of the Chesapeake Bay estuary, and threats to coral reefs.
  • Detailed look at the essential role the ocean plays in Earth’s climate system using instrument-based and proxy climatic data sources.
  • Reviews technology for monitoring ocean properties and processes, including satellites, floats and gliders, and cabled ocean observatories.

This full-color, hardcover edition, authored by Joseph M. Moran, includes 15 chapters exploring the world ocean from an Earth system perspective.

The Ocean Studies text may be used in conjuction with the eInvestigations Manual and RealTime Ocean Portal or by itself. If you are a faculty member interested in using the Ocean Studies textbook in a current or future course offering, you may request an examination copy of the Textbook and eInvestigations Manual.

Orders for the Ocean Studies textbook and/or other course materials should be placed through your college bookstore. Go to the Order Class Materials page for details. Students can also place orders directly through the AMS Online Store, under the AMS Ocean Studies header.

Ocean Studies 3rd Ed. Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Ocean in the Earth System (pg. 1) (copyright notice)
Chapter 2: Ocean Basins and Plate Tectonics (pg. 33)
Chapter 3: Properties of Ocean Water (pg. 63)
Chapter 4: Marine Sediments (pg. 93)
Chapter 5: The Atmosphere and Ocean (pg. 121)
Chapter 6: Ocean Currents (pg. 155)
Chapter 7: Ocean Waves and Tides (pg. 183)
Chapter 8: The Dynamic Coast (pg. 215)
Chapter 9: Marine Ecosystems (pg. 253)
Chapter 10: Life in the Ocean (pg. 283)
Chapter 11: The Ocean, Atmosphere, and Climate Variability (pg. 319)
Chapter 12: The Ocean and Climate Change (pg. 345)
Chapter 13: The Future of Ocean Science (pg. 391)
Chapter 14: Ocean Stewardship (pg. 417)
Chapter 15: Ocean Problems and Policy (pg. 445)
Appendix I: Conversion Factors (pg. 471)
Appendix II: Ocean Timeline (pg. 473)
Glossary (pg. 483)
Index (pg. 503)

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