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Physical oceanography

The scientific study of the physical conditions and processes related to the motions and physical properties of ocean currents and waters.

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Physical oceanography


Earth science; Physical oceanography

The scientific study and exploration of the ocean and of the plants and animals that live in it.


Earth science; Physical oceanography

The body of salt water that covers about 70 percent of the Earth's surface. The Pacific Ocean is by far the world's largest ocean.


Earth science; Physical oceanography

Containing water that is very salty. Oceans are saltwater bodies that are fed mainly by rivers.

red tide

Earth science; Physical oceanography

A reddish-brown area in a body of water, such as ocean or river. Red tides are caused by a sudden increase in dinoflagellates.

pseudospectral method

Earth science; Physical oceanography

In numerical modeling, an approximation which uses interpolating functions to estimate derivatives of fields represented on a grid in physical space. It is so-called because the interpolating ...

flux Richardson number

Earth science; Physical oceanography

A dimensionless number expressing the ratio of turbulent energy lost to buoyant forces to the energy gained by eddy stress acting on the mean shear. It is the crucial nondimensional number for ...

Kyodo North Pacific Ocean Time Series (KNOT)

Earth science; Physical oceanography

An ocean time series station established in 1998 at the southwestern margin of the subarctic gyre at 44°N, 155°E. The objectives include studies of CO2 uptake and its relationship to biological ...

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