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The awesome power of the earth's oceans has been in the headlines in recent years, from the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami (300,000 dead) to the devastation of New Orleans caused by the storm surge from Hurricane Katrina, to the huge rogue waves that have struck oil tankers and cruise ships. Bruce Parker, former Chief Scientist for the National Ocean Service, tells these stories as he explores the history of our struggle to understand the physics of the sea so we can predict when it will unleash its power against us. His wide-sweeping narrative interweaves exciting stories of unpredicted natural disasters with fascinating stories of scientific discovery, including:

* Napoleon's realization about Moses and the Exodus after his own narrow escape from the dangerous tides of the Red Sea;

* the critical role that tide predictions and wave forecasts played in the Allied victory on D-Day;

* how the deadly storm surge that killed half a million people in Bangladesh in 1970 led to that nation's fight for independence;

* how the largest tsunami in recorded history carried three fishing boats from a bay in Alaska into the Pacific Ocean--and the father and son who survived to tell the tale;

* how a ten-year-old English girl saved dozens of people during the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, and why elephants were able to save so many lives;

* how the sea affects El Niños and climate change, and whether sea level rise due to global warming will put our coasts underwater;

* how today's scientists are working to predict the sea's next disaster using a vast global array of oceanographic sensors--on buoys, on ships, on islands, along coasts, and on satellites --to provide the huge quantities of real-time data needed by computer prediction models.

This richly textured narrative, with its sweeping look at more than 1,000 years of ocean history and science, will captivate readers even beyond those already interested in the ocean, naval history, marine science, or the environment.

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The Power of the Sea describes our struggle to understand the physics of the sea, so we can use that knowledge to predict when the sea will unleash its fury against us. In a wide-sweeping narrative spanning much of human history, Bruce Parker, former chief scientist of the National Ocean Service, interweaves thrilling and often moving stories of unpredicted natural disaster with an accessible account of scientific discovery. The result is a compelling scientific journey, from ancient mans first crude tide predictions to todays advanced early warning ability based on the Global Ocean Observing System. It is a journey still underway, as we search for ways to predict tsunamis and rogue waves and critical aspects of El Niño and climate change caused by global warming.

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The awesome power of the earths oceans has been in the headlines in recent years, from the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami (230,000 dead) to the devastation of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, to the unknown consequences of the melting of thousands of glaciers as the Earths temperature slowly rises. Bruce Parker, former chief scientist for the National Ocean Service, explores the history of mans relationship with the sea and the latest scientific breakthroughs. His wide-sweeping narrative includes:

* Napoleons realization about what happened to Moses in the Red Sea after his own narrow escape from its dangerous tides;

* the important role the tides played in assuring the Allied victory on D-Day, and how a typhoon decided a key naval battle in the Pacific theater;

* how in 1970 Bangladesh claimed independence following a deadly storm surge that killed half a million;

* how a 500-foot tsunami (the largest in recorded history) carried three fishing boats from a bay in Alaska to the middle of the Pacific Ocean—and two men survived to tell the tale;

* how a ten-year-old English girl saved the lives of hundreds during the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami;

* how todays scientists are working to predict the seas next move through a vast global array of oceanographic sensors—on buoys, on ships, on islands, along coasts, and on satellites—that provide huge quantities of real-time data.

This richly textured narrative will fascinate science readers, amateur oceanographers, and weather enthusiasts with its sweeping look at more than 1,000 years of ocean history and science.

About the Author

Bruce Parker is a world recognized expert in the oceans. He is former Chief Scientist of the National Ocean Service in NOAA and presently Visiting Professor at the Center for Maritime Systems at the Stevens Institute of Technology in New Jersey.  He has a Ph.D. in physical oceanography from The Johns Hopkins University.  Among his awards are the U.S. Department of Commerce Gold Medal and the Commodore Cooper Medal from the International Hydrographic Organization. He lives in Virginia.

Table of Contents

When the Sea Turns Against Us--Escaping its fury through prediction * The Earliest Predictions For the Sea--The tide * The Moon, the Sun, and the Sea--The tide predictions for D-Day * The Seas Greatest Killer--Predicting storm surges * Defending Our Coasts--Flooded Cities * Stormy Seas--Predicting sea, swell, and surf * “Holes” in the Surface of the Sea--Rogue waves * The Seas Response to an Unpredictable Earth--Trying to predict tsunamis * December 26, 2004 (Part 1)--Tragic surprise in the Indian Ocean  * December 26, 2004 (Part 2)--Learning from a tragedy * Predicting the Future - and Saving Lives--El Niño, climate change, and a global ocean observing system * Endnotes * Acknowledgment s * Index

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oceanlover, March 3, 2011 (view all comments by oceanlover)
What a pleasant surprise! I bought this after seeing it pop up when I was looking at "The Wave" (another book I enjoyed). The two books couldn't be more different, but both were great in their own way. The stories of marine disasters described in "The Power of the Sea" were stirring and even quite moving. (It includes the best thing I have read about the 2004 Indian Ocean tsuami.) And the stories about how scientists and mariners slowly began to learn how to predict these natural disasters were just as interesting. A great deal of ocean science (actually ocean physics) is explained here, but because it is done as part of the stories it is nothing like a text book (maybe one or two places it does get a little heavy, but even those places were very readable). There were even some great World War 2 stories that I had never heard of before. Reading this book opened up a whole new world to me. I can now really appreciate both the intelligence and the determination of the scientists who have worked on this over the centuries. Really great read!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780230616370
Author:
Parker, Bruce
Publisher:
Palgrave MacMillan
Subject:
Oceanography
Subject:
Earth Sciences - Oceanography
Subject:
World
Subject:
Oceanography-General
Subject:
Natural Disasters
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Macsci
Publication Date:
20101031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Includes 17 black-and-white illustration
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in

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"Synopsis" by , The Power of the Sea describes our struggle to understand the physics of the sea, so we can use that knowledge to predict when the sea will unleash its fury against us. In a wide-sweeping narrative spanning much of human history, Bruce Parker, former chief scientist of the National Ocean Service, interweaves thrilling and often moving stories of unpredicted natural disaster with an accessible account of scientific discovery. The result is a compelling scientific journey, from ancient mans first crude tide predictions to todays advanced early warning ability based on the Global Ocean Observing System. It is a journey still underway, as we search for ways to predict tsunamis and rogue waves and critical aspects of El Niño and climate change caused by global warming.
"Synopsis" by ,

The awesome power of the earths oceans has been in the headlines in recent years, from the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami (230,000 dead) to the devastation of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, to the unknown consequences of the melting of thousands of glaciers as the Earths temperature slowly rises. Bruce Parker, former chief scientist for the National Ocean Service, explores the history of mans relationship with the sea and the latest scientific breakthroughs. His wide-sweeping narrative includes:

* Napoleons realization about what happened to Moses in the Red Sea after his own narrow escape from its dangerous tides;

* the important role the tides played in assuring the Allied victory on D-Day, and how a typhoon decided a key naval battle in the Pacific theater;

* how in 1970 Bangladesh claimed independence following a deadly storm surge that killed half a million;

* how a 500-foot tsunami (the largest in recorded history) carried three fishing boats from a bay in Alaska to the middle of the Pacific Ocean—and two men survived to tell the tale;

* how a ten-year-old English girl saved the lives of hundreds during the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami;

* how todays scientists are working to predict the seas next move through a vast global array of oceanographic sensors—on buoys, on ships, on islands, along coasts, and on satellites—that provide huge quantities of real-time data.

This richly textured narrative will fascinate science readers, amateur oceanographers, and weather enthusiasts with its sweeping look at more than 1,000 years of ocean history and science.

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