BOOK REVIEWS TH E OCEANI C THERMOHALIN E CIRCULATION : A N INTRODUCTION Hendrik M. van Aken, 2007, 326 pp., $129.00, hardbound, Springer-Verlag, ISBN 978-0-387-36637-1 he flow of seawater spans a broad range of scales, the thermohaline circulation is associated with deep ocean overturning, to the sea floor, engaging the full from turbulence, through a field of energetic Tmesoscale eddies, to the large-scale ocean cir- ocean volume into the Earth's climate system through culation. Surface and internal waves and tides provide deep ocean storage of heat, C0 , and other seawater additional interest. None of these are truly independent properties. of each other, as energy cascades across Recently the thermohaline circulation has taken on scales, though oceanographers often other labels: the conveyor belt (even the "great ocean focus on some specific element of sea conveyor belt") or the meridional overturning circulation water movement. One element that is a (MOC). This usually refers to that global thermohaline traditional focus of oceanographers is circulation pattern associated with the sinking of dense the large-scale ocean circulation. The water in the northern North Atlantic, the North Atlantic large scale maybe considered the gyre- Deep Water (NADW); but a second global overturn- scale features,
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