Understanding the North Sea System

  • H. Charnock
  • K. R. Dyer
  • J. M. Huthnance
  • P. S. Liss
  • J. H. Simpson
  • P. B. Tett

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. J. H. Simpson
    Pages 1-4
  3. M. J. Howarth, K. R. Dyer, I. R. Joint, D. J. Hydes, D. A. Purdie, H. Edmunds et al.
    Pages 5-25
  4. D. Prandle, C. F. Jago, S. E. Jones, D. A. Purdie, A. Tappin
    Pages 27-43
  5. A. E. Hill, I. D. James, P. F. Linden, J. P. Matthews, D. Prandle, J. H. Simpson et al.
    Pages 53-68
  6. John W. Loder, Kenneth F. Drinkwater, Neil S. Oakey, Edward P. W. Horne
    Pages 69-82
  7. D. A. Huntley, J. M. Huthnance, M. B. Collins, C.-L. Liu, R. J. Nicholls, C. Hewitson
    Pages 83-96
  8. C. F. Jago, A. J. Bale, M. O. Green, M. J. Howarth, S. E. Jones, I. N. McCave et al.
    Pages 97-113
  9. P. B. Tett, I. R. Joint, D. A. Purdie, M. Baars, S. Oosterhuis, G. Daneri et al.
    Pages 115-130
  10. G. Radach, M. Regener, F. Carlotti, W. Kühn, A. Moll
    Pages 131-139
  11. D. B. Nedwell, R. J. Parkes, A. C. Upton, D. J. Assinder
    Pages 141-151
  12. P. S. Liss, A. J. Watson, M. I. Liddicoat, G. Malin, P. D. Nightingale, S. M. Turner et al.
    Pages 153-163
  13. R. Chester, G. F. Bradshaw, C. J. Ottley, R. M. Harrison, J. L. Merrett, M. R. Preston et al.
    Pages 165-178
  14. J. D. Burton, M. Althaus, G. E. Millward, A. W. Morris, P. J. Statham, A. D. Tappin et al.
    Pages 179-190
  15. J. M. Huthnance, J. I. Allen, A. M. Davies, D. J. Hydes, I. D. James, J. E. Jones et al.
    Pages 191-206
  16. Back Matter
    Pages 219-222

About this book


The continental shelf seas have an importance which is out of proportion to the rela­ tively small fraction of the area of the global ocean which they occupy. These shallow seas play an important role as the high energy boundary zones of the deep ocean where much of the ocean's tidal and wave energies are dissipated. They are highly productive biologically and are responsible for most of the world's fishery production. In many cases, they are also sources of economically important resources, notably hydrocarbons and they are frequently important as thorough­ fares for merchant shipping. Because they are the regions of the ocean closest to our centres of population and industrial activity, they have been the first to feel the impact of the increasing pressures imposed by large scale waste disposal into the ocean. The North Sea is an archetypal representative of such seas: we need to be able to understand its processes and predict them if we are to achieve a degree of rational management in the future, as the environmental threats increase. The understanding required extends through a wide range of processes that operate in the shelf seas from the fundamental physics to the chemistry and biology of the water column and the seabed sediments. These processes, and the interactions between them, cut across the traditional discipline boundaries within marine science and require a substantial inter­ disciplinary effort for their effective study.


Continental shelf distribution energy hydrodynamics modelling ocean sediment shelf seas water

Editors and affiliations

  • H. Charnock
  • K. R. Dyer
    • 1
  • J. M. Huthnance
    • 2
  • P. S. Liss
    • 3
  • J. H. Simpson
    • 4
  • P. B. Tett
    • 4
  1. 1.Institute of Marine StudiesUniversity of PlymouthPlymouthUK
  2. 2.Proudman Oceanographic LaboratoryBidston ObservatoryBirkenheadUK
  3. 3.School of Environmental SciencesThe University of East AngliaNorwichUK
  4. 4.School of Ocean SciencesUniversity College of North Wales, Bangor, Marine Science LaboratoriesGwyneddUK

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