Ocean Studies: Introduction to Oceanography

  • 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 textbook may be used in conjunction with the Investigations 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, request an examination copy of the eTextbook 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 Bookstore, under the AMS Ocean Studies header.

Brief Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Ocean in the Earth System (copyright notice) 
Chapter 2: Ocean Basins and Plate Tectonics 
Chapter 3: Properties of Ocean Water 
Chapter 4: Marine Sediments 
Chapter 5: The Atmosphere and Ocean
Chapter 6: Ocean Currents
Chapter 7: Ocean Waves and Tides
Chapter 8: The Dynamic Coast
Chapter 9: Marine Ecosystems
Chapter 10: Life in the Ocean
Chapter 11: The Ocean, Atmosphere, and Climate Variability
Chapter 12: The Ocean and Climate Change
Chapter 13: The Future of Ocean Science
Chapter 14: Ocean Stewardship
Chapter 15: Ocean Problems and Policy
Appendix I: Conversion Factors
Appendix II: Ocean Timeline

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