The Ocean Circulation Inverse Problem. Carl errors leads to an underdetermined system in which Wunsch . 1996 . 44 2 pp. $54.95 . Hardbound. the unknown parameters (which include the errors) Cambridg e University Press. ISB N 0-521-48090-6 . always outnumber the equations. While this may not be the generally accepted perspective of scientists Two decades have passed since Carl Wunsch be- who use standard least square methods for function gan working on quantitative inference of large-scale fitting, it is an intriguing and important concept. ocean circulation with inverse methods. His new book Wunsch emphasizes that "useful inverse methods al- provides a historical introduction to the subject and ways recognize and deal with the problem of imper- serves partly as a retrospective of Wunsch's contri- fect data," and about half the book is devoted to the butions along with those of his students and col- methodology . leagues. Moreover, the book introduces students of The link between estimating the general circu- physical oceanography to a quantitative methodology lation and solving linear systems of equations is that can be applied to a wide range of problems. It made early on. Indeed, the book rarely departs from accomplishes this in the
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