Following the ocean swirls

The mathematics of dynamical systems reveals ocean dynamics, an understanding that could improve the monitoring of ocean processes.

By Julie Rehmeyer, 08:21 AM September 27, 2008

Climate is an intimate dance between ocean and atmosphere. The oceans are a dark partner in this dance, though, much less understood than the air moving above them. Mathematical techniques from the study of dynamical systems are helping illuminate its movements.

The big question is just how much carbon dioxide the ocean absorbs. Though the precise value is unknown, what is known is that the ocean absorbs a lot, perhaps as much carbon as plants on land absorb. Climate scientists ...

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