Book:Our Ocean Planet: Oceanography in the 21st Century

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Title:Our Ocean Planet: Oceanography in the 21st Century
Author:Robert Stewart
Subjects:Earth Science
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License:All Rights Reserved - Standard Copyright
Description:Texas A&M has a remarkable website called Oceanworld that’s a must-visit site for students in the earth sciences. Professor Bob Stewart has written two oceanography textbooks and is distributing them for free online as part of the site. The site contains extensive resources, including several links lists, a glossary, and links to the course content of Dr. Bob’s courses.

This book is a work in progress, and the author is actively soliciting submissions from other experts to help flesh it out. The book is complete enough for Dr. Bob to use it in his own classes, but it lacks the polish of his other work or the rest of the site. That’s bound to change in the future, if the other areas of the site are any indication. The book is presented in an outline format for web-only, with few frills and no downloadable option. This makes it easy to quickly find the info you need, although it also makes for somewhat dry reading. Hopefully, we’ll see a PDF version for offline reading, a search function, index, and the rest of the usual goodies at some point in the future.

The book is suitable for both high school and introductory college level courses.

From the site:

The teaching of oceanography has changed little in 150 years. Most recent oceanography textbooks, despite their emphasis on the latest news from oceanography, are still organized around biological, chemical, geological, and physical oceanography. They follow in the outline laid down by Richard in his L’Oceanographie published in 1908, and Kummel in his Handbuch der Ozeanographie published in 1907. Jules Verne would feel at home in today’s classrooms. He would be able to read, understand, and appreciate much of what is in the textbooks. But he would be perplexed by what he would see in today’s oceanography labs.

19th century oceanography emphasized:

1. Animals, currents, and the shape of the sea floor; 2. Man the explorer sailing the seas in ships; 3. Static systems unchanged for millions of years.

21st century oceanography emphasizes:

1. Ocean as one part of earth-system science; 2. Dynamic interacting systems, abrupt climate change, global warming; 3. Microbes, the carbon cycle, El Nino; 4. Computer models and analysis; 5. Machine the explorer, robotics, satellites, and undersea observing systems.

If we wish to lead students to understand our environment and to help them vote wisely on important environmental issues, if we want to educate future scientists and educators, and if we hope to satisfy student’s curiosity, a different approach is necessary. That’s why I am writing this book.”

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URL:http://oceanworld.tamu.edu/home/oceanography_book.htm
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