The Exotic Seas of Southeast Asia

PI(s): 
Arnold L. Gordon

The ocean, unlike the globally enveloping atmosphere is segmented into seas, interconnected with passages of varied dimensions. Each ocean differs somewhat in its overall temperature and salinity, which owing to the great heat capacity of seawater and its central role in the hydrological cycle exert a strong influence climate. The Pacific is relatively cool and fresh, well stratified, while the Atlantic is warm and salty, prone to deep reaching overturning circulation in the northern North Atlantic, which among other consequences leads to a rather warm amiable climate of northern Europe.