Introduction to Oceanography by Paul Webb

Introduction to Oceanography by Paul Webb

Introduction to Oceanography is a textbook appropriate to an introductory-level university course in oceanography. The book covers the fundamental geological, chemical, physical and biological processes in the ocean, with an emphasis on the North Atlantic region.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1: Introduction to the Oceans
  • Chapter 2: Getting our Bearings
  • Chapter 3: The Origin and Structure of Earth
  • Chapter 4: Plate Tectonics and Marine Geology
  • Chapter 5: Chemical Oceanography
  • Chapter 6: Physical Oceanography
  • Chapter 7: Primary Production
  • Chapter 8: Oceans and Climate
  • Chapter 9: Ocean Circulation
  • Chapter 10: Waves
  • Chapter 11: Tides
  • Chapter 12: Ocean Sediments
  • Chapter 13: Coastal Oceanography
  • Chapter 14: Ice


About the Contributors


Paul Webb earned a BA in Biology from the University of Richmond, and a MS in Marine Science and PhD in Biology from the University of California-Santa Cruz. At UCSC his research focused on the behavioral and physiological ecology of northern elephant seals.

For the past 20 years he has been a faculty member in the Department of Biology, Marine Biology, and Environmental Science at Roger Williams University in Bristol, Rhode Island, where he is a Professor of Marine Biology. At RWU he regularly teaches courses in Oceanography, Marine Mammalogy, Marine Vertebrate Zoology, Animal Behavior, Animal Physiology, Tropical Ecology (in Belize), and Herpetology.