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In 12 chapters the book The Warmwatersphere of the North Atlantic Ocean describes our present knowledge of currents and stratification of the North Atlantic, the meriodional heat transport by the thermohaline circulation, the resulting air-sea interactions on climate scales, and the stability of this system. This knowledge is based on historical data, numerous expeditions during the last decades, satellite data and the results of numerical models.
20 scientists of the Institut für Meereskunde in Kiel and American institutes contributed to this book. They were actively engaged in North Atlantic research during the years 1980--1994 within the Collaborative Research Center «Warmwatersphere Program of the Atlantic Ocean». They give a synopsis of our present knowledge of the circulation in the North Atlantic Ocean.
The book primarily addresses oceanographers, meteorologists and the broad community working on climate research. With a few exceptions, mathematical descriptions are reduced to a minimum; the detailed explanation of the main current systems, the oceanic eddy fields and the interpretation of the general circulation by numeric models will also be of interest to neighboring disciplines. The book reviews the most recent advances in its field.