Physical Oceanography Book

Bob Stewart has written "Introduction to Physical Oceanography," a textbook for upper-division college students and new graduate students in oceanography, meteorology, and ocean engineering.


I hereby grant any user right to download and print a copy of the book for personal use. I also grant all teachers, lecturers, and professors the right to download the book and to make multiple copies for use by their students. The multiple copies may be made by copy centers. Students may be charged the cost of reproducing the book.

I do not grant rights to the text for commercial purposes.


This is a new textbook describing physical-oceanographic processes, theories, data, and measurements. In addition to the classical topics, I have included discussions of heat fluxes, the role of the ocean in climate, the deep circulation, equatorial processes including El Nino, data bases used by oceanographers, the role of satellites and data from space, ship-based measurements, and the importance of vorticity in understanding oceanic flows.

I have used the text to teach upper-division undergraduates and graduate students in oceanography, meteorology, and ocean engineering. Because many students have already taken courses that emphasize math, I have minimized the math and emphasized processes. Still, students should have studied differential equations and introductory college physics.

The text is typeset and it has high-resolution figures produced by Adobe Illustrator CS2. The book was produced in LATEX2ε using TeXShop 2.14. The resulting typeset, 345 page, book.pdf file is only 9.5 Megabytes.

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