New book useful to both students starting off their studies as well as interested non-specialists.
From the back cover:
Two thirds of our planet is covered by oceans and seas. Over recent decades developments in ocean science have dramatically improved scientifi c understanding of the key role oceans play in the Earth System, and how vital they are for regulating global climate. Humans depend on the oceans for many resources but their impact on the marine systems around the world are of increasing concern.
Introducing Oceanography has been written by two leading oceanographers to provide a succinct overview of the science of the study of the seas for students and for the interested nonspecialist reader wanting a topical guide to this enormous and complex subject. The initial chapters describe the oceans and the forces at work within them. The authors then discuss the effects of light, the chemistry of the seas and the food web before surveying biological oceanography in the main oceanic regions. The final chapter looks at the methodology of ocean study.
Copiously illustrated, this book is intended for those whose interest in oceanography has been stimulated, perhaps by media coverage of declining resources or climate change, and who want to know more. Technical terms are kept to a minimum and are explained in a glossary.
Professors David N. Thomas and David G. Bowers are colleagues at the School of Ocean Sciences, Bangor University, Wales (www.bangor.ac.uk/oceansciences). David Thomas also works at the Finnish Environment Institute, Helsinki, Finland and the Arctic Research Center, Aarhus University, Denmark.