Ocean Circulation Theory. Joseph Pedlosky. 1996. deductions from well-stated axioms yield analytical 46 4 pp. $89.95. Hardbound. Springer-Verlag. ISBN solutions, which may indeed bear on the observed cir- culation in certain regions of the World Ocean. Of 3-540-60489-8 . course, the closed-form aspect of the solution lends it- self particularly well to the illustration of the under- Although there are several books that present the lying physics. Several important steps have been made principles of geophysical fluid dynamics and illustrate since Stommel's Gulf Stream, most of them with the them through oceanic examples, it is a rare instance help of the constraint that large-scale potential vortic- to find a book about ocean circulation itself, one ex- ity (PV) is conserved away from the directly forced ception being The Gulf Stream, by Henry Stommel, regions. The systematic use of this so-called PV con- about 40 years ago. Through its choice of subjects, Pedlosky's book is a direct successor to The Gulf servation for studying internal, free layers; regions Stream. Although the amount of mathematical expo- such as western pools and shadow zones; and pro- sure is rather different in each book, both share the cesses such as subduction and homogenization
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