The Power of the Sea

The Power of the Sea

Tsunamis, Storm Surges, Rogue Waves, and Our Quest to Predict Disasters

Book - 2012
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The Power of the Sea describes our struggle to understand the physics of the sea, so we can use that knowledge to predict when the sea will unleash its fury against us. In a wide-sweeping narrative spanning much of human history, Bruce Parker, former chief scientist of the National Ocean Service, interweaves thrilling and often moving stories of unpredicted natural disaster with an accessible account of scientific discovery. The result is a compelling scientific journey, from ancient man's first crude tide predictions to today's advanced early warning ability based on the Global Ocean Observing System. It is a journey still underway, as we search for ways to predict tsunamis and rogue waves and critical aspects of El Niño and climate change caused by global warming.

Publisher: New York : Palgrave Macmillan, ©2012
ISBN: 9780230120747
Branch Call Number: 551.46 PAR 2012
Characteristics: viii, 306 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm


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ChristchurchLib Aug 13, 2014

We never know when disaster will strike - or do we? This "lucid, original" (Kirkus Reviews) look at ocean modeling and forecasting starts with an explanation of how tidal forces work (lunar and solar gravity both play a role, as do the earth's rotation and the tilt of its axis), and then examines how geography and weather influence the size and force of waves, tidal bores, storm surges, and tsunamis. If you're interested in reading more about the destruction that the ocean can cause, you might also like Susan Casey's The Wave. Science and Nature Newsletter August 2014.

Dec 24, 2010

All about disasters.

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