From Deep Sea to Laboratory 2

Discovering H.M.S. Challenger's Physical Measurements Relating to Ocean Circulation

From Deep Sea to Laboratory 2

Frédéric Aitken, CNRS – Grenoble Electrical Engineering Laboratory, France
Jean-Numa Foulc, Grenoble Alpes University, France

ISBN : 9781786303752

Publication Date : June 2019

Hardcover 230 pp

135.00 USD



The scientific expedition of H.M.S. Challenger in the 1870s marks the starting point of physical oceanography. This ship traveled the seas of the globe pursuing a dual objective: to conduct an in-depth study of animal life and to observe the physical properties of ocean waters.

Volume 2 analyzes and uses for the first time the physical measurements collected by the scientists of the Challenger to show that their surveys establish the link between ocean circulation and the distribution of the ocean’s temperature.

From Deep Sea to Laboratory is available in three volumes for curious readers drawn to travel, history and science. Students, researchers and teachers of physics, fluid mechanics and oceanography will find material to deepen their knowledge.


1. The Vertical Distribution of Temperature in the Ocean.
2. Global Ocean Circulation.
3. A Brief Consideration of Thermocline Properties.
4. Effect of the Ocean Mixed Layer (OML).

About the authors/editors

Frédéric Aitken is a CNRS researcher who has previously worked at the Electrostatics and Dielectric Materials Laboratory (LEMD) and is currently working at the Grenoble Electrical Engineering Laboratory (G2Elab). He is the former President of the Alps section of the French Society of Physics.

Jean-Numa Foulc is Honorary Professor at Grenoble Alpes University in France. He has had successive positions as an Assistant Professor and then Professor at the Universities of Rouen, Montpellier and Grenoble (Polytech Grenoble). He is currently a researcher at G2Elab.

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