Introduction to Observational Physical Oceanography

A computer rendering of ocean data.

An ocean color map of the Pacific Ocean as of July 31st, 1993. (Image courtesy of NASA.)


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Fall 2004



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Observational physical oceanography includes topics such as the  physical description of the sea, the physical properties of seawater, methods and measurements, wind-driven ocean circulation, abyssal ocean circulation, boundary processes, and wave motions.

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Raffaele Ferrari, and Terrence Joyce. 12.808 Introduction to Observational Physical Oceanography. Fall 2004. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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