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The sixth edition of Descriptive Physical Oceanography provides an introduction to descriptive physical oceanography for advanced undergraduates and graduate students. The emphasis is on large-scale oceanography, based mainly in observations, with some topics from waves and coastal oceanography also included. Topics include the physical properties of seawater, heat and salt budgets, instrumentation, data analysis methods, introductory dynamics, oceanography and climate variability of each of the oceans and of the global ocean, and brief introductions to the physical setting, waves, and coastal oceanography. Fully updated throughout with new emphases on dynamical context and statistical methods, plus expanded ocean basin descriptions, including climate variability Contains new chapters on introductory ocean dynamics and global ocean circulation Numerous color illustrations Companion website containing materials and figures for lecturers and a reference global ocean data set, Java OceanAtlas and multimedia resources for students