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Dynamics of the Atmosphere : A Course in Theoretical Meteorology - Wilford Zdunkowski

Dynamics of the Atmosphere

A Course in Theoretical Meteorology


Published: 28th April 2003
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Dynamics of the Atmosphere consists of two parts: the first presenting the mathematical tools needed for a thorough understanding of the topics covered in the second part of the book. The second part begins with the derivation of the equation describing the atmospheric motion on the rotating earth. Subjects tackled in subsequent chapters include kinematics of the atmosphere (including vorticity and circulation theorems), wave motion in the atmosphere, inertial and dynamic stability, and turbulent systems in the atmosphere. Finally, newer methods of weather prediction, such as the spectral technique and the stochastic dynamic method, are introduced in order to demonstrate their potential for extending the forecasting range. Complete with numerous exercise sets and solutions, this textbook has been written for advanced undergraduate and graduate students of meteorology and other related sciences. It may also be used as a reference source by professional meteorologists and researchers in atmospheric science.

'This book will be appreciated by readers who respect and require the mathematic rigour and completeness of mathematical derivations presented ... a valuable reference source.' International Journal of Climatology '... well written and illustrated ... I enthusiastically recommend it to any scientist seeking a comprehensive and accurate treatment f the major subject areas in modern atmospheric dynamics.' EOS

Algebra of vectors
Vector functions
Differential relations
Coordinate transformations
The method of covariant differentiation
Integral operations
Introduction to the concepts of nonlinear dynamics
The laws of atmospheric motion
Scale analysis
The material and the local description of flow
Atmospheric flow fields
The Navier-Stokes stress tensor
The Helmholtz theorem
Kinematics of two-dimensional flow
Natural coordinates
Boundary surfaces and boundary conditions
Circulation and vorticity theorems
Turbulent systems
An excursion into the spectral turbulence theory
The atmospheric boundary-layer
Wave motion in the atmosphere
The barotropic model
Rossby waves
Inertial and dynamic stability
The equation of motion in general coordinate systems
The geographical coordinate system
The stereographic coordinate system
Orography-following coordinate systems
The stereographic system with a generalised vertical coordinate
A quasi-geostrophic baroclinic model
A two-level prognostic model: baroclinic instability
An excursion into numerical procedures
Modeling of atmospheric flow by spectral techniques
Answers to problems
List of commonly used symbols
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ISBN: 9780521809498
ISBN-10: 0521809495
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 738
Published: 28th April 2003
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.77 x 18.42  x 3.81
Weight (kg): 1.59