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A brief analysis of North Sea physics

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Suendermann, J., & Pohlmann, T. (2011). A brief analysis of North Sea physics. OCEANOLOGIA, 53(3), 663-689. doi:10.5697/oc.53-3.663.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-001A-0563-D
Abstract
The current state of understanding the North Sea's physical system is presented. First, basic phenomena like astronomical tides and general circulation will be described and analysed with respect to their physical nature and respective interactions. There will be special focus on fundamental dynamic balances. Next, some specific topics relevant to the marine ecosystem, the economy and society will be considered: among them, spreading and transport processes, the fresh water budget, the heat budget and storm surges. A separate section is dedicated to the North Sea of Tomorrow, i.e. the prospective variations of the physical environment resulting from global changes in future decades. The statements are based on the long experience of the authors and their groups and include findings that are little known if at all. The review finishes with a list of open questions and the corresponding research demands.