To follow the water: exploring the sea to discover climate : from the Gulf Stream to the blue beyond
In To Follow the Water, critically acclaimed author Dallas Murphy artfully recasts the story of human expansion and cultural development with the ocean playing the central role. Applying a novelistís eye for detail and a historianís drive for perspective, he connects the great ages of ocean exploration from Columbus, Magellan, and Cook to the development of modern oceanography. Taking the reader aboard the research vessels Oceanus and Ronald H. Brown, Murphy observes and participates in the practice of ocean science. Whether demonstrating the proper way to don a survival suit in an abandon-ship drill, actually operating oceanographic instruments, or just sitting down for a breakfast of Dramamine and blueberry pancakes, Murphy humorously evokes daily-life aboard these research vessels, unique amalgams of floating laboratories, heavy industry, delicate measurements, and brute force. By following the water, he and the reader discover that ocean currents, flowing on the surface and in the abyss like giant blood vessels, transport heat around the globe, thereby stabilizing and moderating our climate. The Gulf Stream, the best-known ocean current, is but one among many, each inseparable from the others and all inextricably linked to the atmosphere in determining the condition of our climate. There can be no sensible concept of climate that ignores the oceans, yet they have been largely left out of the climate and climate-change discussion. Letting scientists speak for themselves at sea and ashore, Murphy learns that oceanographers are not only observing and explaining the oceanís dynamic, global circulation, but also employing their skills, tools, and techniques to predict climate change. Their brilliant work is largely unknown outside of professional circles even though the role of the ocean is crucial to our understanding of global warming and climate change. To Follow the Water is an enlightening and entertaining voyage of discovery spanning the evolution of our relationship to the ocean, first as an impediment to human ambition, then as the pathway for Western expansion, and now, most important, as a subject of scientific study with immediate relevance to our future.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - LibraryThing
The scale of the Gulf Stream is easy to underestimate, even if you have sailed across the Stream in a small sailboat. But for anyone who has direct experience with the Gulf Stream, its importance and its power are never in doubt. Dallas Murphy puts the story in historical context while engagingly sharpening your understanding of Physical Oceanography. This amazing ocean current pumps 32 million cubic meters per second of hot water past the Atlantic coast of Florida. If you are not already fascinated by the Gulf Stream, Dallas Murphy will carefully get you hooked. If you are not already informed about the linkage between ocean currents and climate change, this book will enjoyably get you up to speed.
Review: The River in the Sea: A Biography of the Gulf StreamUser Review - Goodreads
The copy of my book has the title "To Follow the Water, Exploring the Ocean to Discover Climate", but the ISBN matches. This is a easy-to-read but detailed exploration of how ocean makes climate and how ocean exploration has advanced.
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