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The changing ocean : its effects on climate and living resources

Author: Bruno Voituriez
Publisher: Paris, France : UNESCO Pub., 2003.
Series: IOC ocean forum series, 4.
Edition/Format:   Print book : International government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The ocean, like our planet as a whole, is undergoing perpetual change. Its variations affect the climate, therefore the life sheltered within it must also adapt to these changes. The physical laws that govern the movements of the ocean have been known since the nineteenth century, but progress in oceanography faced three difficulties: First, the opaqueness of the ocean made observation and measuring difficult.  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Voituriez, Bruno.
Changing ocean.
Paris, France : UNESCO pub., 2003
(OCoLC)606940487
Online version:
Voituriez, Bruno.
Changing ocean.
Paris, France : UNESCO pub., 2003
(OCoLC)607573361
Material Type: Government publication, International government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Bruno Voituriez
ISBN: 923103877X 9789231038778
OCLC Number: 54826958
Description: 170 pages : illustrations, maps (some color) ; 24 cm.
Contents: A brief history of oceanography --
Driving forces of the ocean currents --
Oceanic variations, climatic variations --
Ecosystem dynamics --
Climate variation and fish --
See, observe, measure and model, to understand and forecast.
Series Title: IOC ocean forum series, 4.
Other Titles: Humeurs de l'océan.
Responsibility: Bruno Voituriez ; translated from French by Ray C. Griffiths.

Abstract:

The ocean, like our planet as a whole, is undergoing perpetual change. Its variations affect the climate, therefore the life sheltered within it must also adapt to these changes. The physical laws that govern the movements of the ocean have been known since the nineteenth century, but progress in oceanography faced three difficulties: First, the opaqueness of the ocean made observation and measuring difficult. Second, its dimensions and the time- and space-scales of variations required an advanced level of computing power in order to create realistic models. Finally, the international cooperation necessary for discovery and exploration has long been impeded by national, strategic imperatives. But today, our view of this huge domain and its interactions with both the atmosphere and the living resources it conceals has been profoundly modified. The International Geophysical Year (1957-58) marked a turning point with the globalization of oceanographic research. Researchers have access to technological and satellite remote-sensing means that enable near-real-time, three-dimensional observation of the entire ocean. Moreover, computers are now powerful enough to develop models and simulate changes in the ocean's circulation. Explaining these concepts to the non-specialist is the goal of this volume.--Publisher's description.

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