Further Reading

Reviews of the physical properties of sea-water and a description of the large-scale circulation of the ocean can be found in a n n

u'2 + v'2j , computed from 20 y of drifter observations. Regions of the ocean in which observations are sparse, particularly in the southern oceans around Antarctica, appear as white gaps. Data courtesy of Maximenko and Niiler (personal communication, 2003).

FIGURE 9.22. Top: Mean surface drifter speeds, au = \l [u2 + v2], and (bottom) eddy drifter speeds, au> =

u'2 + v'2j , computed from 20 y of drifter observations. Regions of the ocean in which observations are sparse, particularly in the southern oceans around Antarctica, appear as white gaps. Data courtesy of Maximenko and Niiler (personal communication, 2003).

Pickard and Emery (1990). A more advanced text which reviews the underlying dynamical principles is Pond and Pickard (1983). Another useful introductory resource is the Open University text on Ocean Circulation. Stommel's (1965) book on the Gulf Stream is an excellent and very accessible account of ocean dynamics in the context of the observations. Wunsch (1996) discusses how one quantitatively infers ocean circulation from observations.

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