The Power of the Sea by Bruce Parker

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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 man's first crude tide predictions to today's 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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Bruce Parker, PhD, is the former chief scientist of the National Ocean Service in NOAA and is presently a visiting professor at the Center for Maritime Systems at the Stevens Institute of Technology. He is a world-recognized physical oceanographer who has received the U.S. Department of Commerce Gold Medal and the Commodore Cooper Medal from the International Hydrographic Organization. He lives in Herndon, Virginia.
Published March 13, 2012 by Palgrave Macmillan Trade. 321 pages
Genres: History, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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In this educational account, professor (at the Stevens Institute of New Jersey) and scientist Parker examines the violent impact of the seas on human society, and our long struggle to understand them.

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