Samelson, R. M., 2011. The Theory of Large-Scale Ocean Circulation. Cambridge University Press, New York, 193 pp.http://www.cambridge.org/9781107001886

“Mounting evidence that human activities are substantially modifying the Earth’s climate brings a new imperative to the study of the ocean’s large-scale circulation. This textbook provides a concise but comprehensive introduction to the theory of large-scale ocean circulation, as it is currently understood and established. Students and instructors will benefit from the carefully chosen chapter-by-chapter exercises. This advanced textbook is invaluable for graduate students and researchers in the fields of oceanic, atmospheric, and climate sciences and other geophysical scientists, as well as physicists and mathematicians with a quantitative interest in the planetary fluid environment.”

Selected publications

Samelson, R. M., D. B. Chelton, and M. G. Schlax, 2019.  The ocean mesoscale regime of the reduced-gravity quasi-geostrophic model.  J. Phys. Oceanogr., 49, 2469–2498, DOI: 10.1175/JPO-D-18-0260.1. Errata: Eqs. (26)-(27) + Fig 16 Source code

Samelson, R. M., 2017.  Time-dependent linear theory for the generation of poleward undercurrents on eastern boundaries.  J. Phys. Oceanogr., 47, 3037–3059, DOI: 10.1175/JPO-D-17-0077.1.

Skyllingstad, E. D., J. Duncombe, and R. M. Samelson, 2017. Baroclinic frontal instabilities and turbulent mixing in the surface boundary layer, Part II: Forced simulations. J. Phys. Oceanogr., 47, 2429-2454, DOI: 10.1175/JPO-D-16-0179.1.

Samelson, R. M, 2013. Lagrangian motion, coherent structures, and lines of persistent material strain. Ann. Rev. Mar. Sci., 5, 137-163, doi: 10.1146/annurev-marine-120710-100819.

Skyllingstad, E. D., and R. M. Samelson, 2012. Baroclinic frontal instabilities and turbulent mixing in the surface boundary layer, Part 1: Unforced simulations. Journal of Physical Oceanography, 42, 1701-1716.

Chelton, D. B., P. Gaube, M. G. Schlax, J. J. Early and R. M. Samelson, 2011. The Influence of Nonlinear Mesoscale Eddies on Oceanic Chlorophyll. Science, 334, 328-332, doi: 10.1126/science.1208897.

Chelton, D. B., M. G. Schlax, and R. M. Samelson, 2011. Global observations of nonlinear mesoscale eddies. Progress in Oceanography, 91, 167-216, doi:10.1016/j.pocean.2011.01.002.

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