Oceanography The Official Magazine of
The Oceanography Society
Volume 21 Issue 03

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Volume 21, No. 3
Pages 54 - 57


The Rise of Interdisciplinary Oceanography

Thomas M. Powell | Department of Integrative Biology, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, USA

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Ocean science has long been interdisciplinary. Each great ocean feature has a physical, chemical, biological, and geological signature. Phenomena associated with these features have led curious scientists to collaborate on important questions. One example is the investigation by physical and biological oceanographers of warm- and cold-core eddies (rings) spun off the Gulf Stream in a well-known sequence of productive, coupled projects in the 1980s (Ring Group, 1981). The interactions among investigators from different disciplines were crucial to developing the inherent understanding of the ring phenomena as well as their biological and physical ramifications.


Powell, T.M. 2008. The rise of interdisciplinary oceanography. Oceanography 21(3):54–57, https://doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2008.35.

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