The Ocean Circulation Inverse Problem

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Cambridge University Press, Jun 13, 1996 - Mathematics - 442 pages
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This book addresses the problem of inferring the state of ocean circulation, understanding it dynamically, and forecasting it through a quantitative combination of theory and observation. It focuses on so-called inverse methods and related methods of statistical inference. The author considers both time-independent and time-dependent problems, including Gauss-Markov estimation, sequential estimators and adjoint/Pontryagin principle methods. This book is intended for use as a graduate level text for students of oceanography and related fields. It will also be of interest to working physical oceanographers.
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
Physics of the Ocean Circulation
17
Basic Machinery
92
The Steady Ocean Circulation Inverse Problem
212
Additional Useful Methods
297
The TimeDependent Inverse Problem
324
References
405
Author Index
427
Subject Index
435
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Carl Wunsch is the Cecil and Ida Green Professor of Physical Oceanography, Emeritus, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a long-term visiting professor at Harvard University. His books include "Discrete Inverse and State Estimation Problems: With Geophysical Fluid Applications" and "The Ocean Circulation Inverse Problem." He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and a foreign member of the Royal Society.

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