1st Edition

Field Methods in Marine Science From Measurements to Models

By Scott Milroy Copyright 2016
    336 Pages 185 B/W Illustrations
    by Garland Science

    Field Methods in Marine Science: From Measurements to Models is an authoritative guide of the methods most appropriate for field research within the marine sciences, from experimental design to data analysis. Written for upper-level undergraduate and graduate students as well as early-career researchers, this textbook also serves as an accessible introduction to the concepts and practice of modeling marine system dynamics. This textbook trains the next generation of field scientists to move beyond the classic methods of data collection and statistical analysis to contemporary methods of numerical modeling; to pursue the assimilation and synthesis of information, not the mere recording of data. Boxes and side bars highlight important questions, interesting facts, relevant examples, and research techniques that supplement the text.  Students and researchers alike will find the thorough appendices useful as a way of expanding comprehension of fundamental concepts. 

    Unit 1. First Principles

    Chapter 1. The Foundations of Scientific Inquiry

    Chapter 2. Introduction to Statistical Inference

    Unit 2. Methods of Data Acquisition

    Chapter 3. General Considerations of Experimental Design

    Chapter 4. Important Oceanographic Variables to Consider

    Chapter 5. Common Hydrologic Census Methods

    Chapter 6. Census Methods for Benthic Organisms

    Chapter 7. Census Methods for Pelagic Organisms

    Unit 3. Methods of Data Analysis

    Chapter 8. Analysis of Single-variant Dynamics

    Chapter 9. Analysis of Multi-variant Dynamics

    Unit 4. Methods of Data Assimilation (Modeling)

    Chapter 10. Fundamental Concepts in Modeling

    Chapter 11. Rules of Engagement

    Chapter 12. Modeling Simple Dynamics

    Chapter 13. Modeling Complex Dynamics

    Chapter 14. Modeling Large System Dynamics


    Appendix A. Symbols and Abbreviations.

    Appendix B. Numerical Constants and Equivalents for Common Units of Measure.

    Appendix C. Common Algorithms for the Estimation of Important Water Properties.

    Appendix D. Exercises in Unit Conversion online only

    Appendix E. Oceanographic Sampling Equipment online only

    Appendix F. A Compendium of Routine Oceanographic Methodologies online only


    Scott Milroy