Field Methods in Marine Science From Measurements to Models
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