physical oceanography

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physical oceanography

[′fiz·ə·kəl ‚ō·shə′näg·rə·fē]
(oceanography)
The study of the physical aspects of the ocean, the movements of the sea, and the variability of these factors in relationship to the atmosphere and the ocean bottom.
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Dr Dorothee Bakker, from UEA's School of Environmental Sciences, said: 'This comprehensive study highlights the importance of open-ocean biology in addition to ocean physics in the uptake of CO2 by seasonally ice covered Southern Ocean waters.
Peter Wadhams, Professor of ocean physics and head of the Polar Ocean Physics Group at Cambridge University, said he had observed first hand drastic changes to conditions in the Arctic.
Peter Wadhams, Professor of Ocean Physics and Head of the Polar Ocean Physics Group at the University of Cambridge, said he had observed first hand drastic changes to conditions in the Arctic.
In ocean physics, waves acquire amplitude as they roll toward shallow water.
We integrate our real-life observations into numerical models that combine the dynamics of both ocean physics and biological communities.
New research explores how the Sargassum might grow while it is meandering along the currents, not just where it floats, combining both ocean physics and seaweed biology for the first time to understand the distribution patterns.
Research leader Dr Florian Sevellec, an associate professor in ocean physics at Southampton University, said: "Warming caused by greenhouse gas emissions is not linear - it appears to have lapsed in the early 21st century.
Warming caused by greenhouse gas emissions are not linear: they appears to have lapsed in the early 21st century, a phenomenon known as a global warming hiatus, according to a study led by Florian Sevellec, a Centre national de la recherche scientifique researcher at the Laboratory for Ocean Physics and Remote Sensing (LOPS) (CNRS/IFREMER/IRD/University of Brest) and at the University of Southampton.
Peter Wadhams, a professor of ocean physics at Cambridge University in the United Kindom who wrote (https://www.amazon.com/Farewell-Ice-Report-Arctic-ebook/dp/B01GT1YT0A/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1473785748&sr=8-1&keywords=a+farewell+to+ice) a book on the subject.
Ocean physics patterns causing cooling--typically upwelling--had previously been observed in deeper ocean waters well offshore, but never in coastal areas, and the researchers believe including coastal water conditions in hurricane intensity forecasts could reduce emergency preparation costs and enhance the public's trust in forecasts.
Professor Tom Rippeth, Professor of Ocean Physics at Bangor University, said: "The pot will have been caught in the gulf stream in the North Atlantic.
(1) Ocean Physics Department, Applied Physics Laboratory, University of Washington, 1013 NE 40th Street, Box 355640, Seattle, Washington 98105-6698, USA; craig@apl.washington.edu

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