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Fluid Dynamics of the Mid-Latitude Atmosphere

Wiley, J,
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This book gives a coherent development of the current understanding of the fluid dynamics of the middle latitude atmosphere. It is primarily aimed at post-graduate and advanced undergraduate level students and does not assume any previous knowledge of fluid mechanics, meteorology or atmospheric science. The book will be an invaluable resource for any quantitative atmospheric scientist who wishes to increase their understanding of the subject. The importance of the rotation of the Earth and the stable stratification of its atmosphere, with their implications for the balance of larger-scale flows, is highlighted throughout.
Clearly structured throughout, the first of three themes deals with the development of the basic equations for an atmosphere on a rotating, spherical planet and discusses scale analyses of these equations. The second theme explores the importance of rotation and introduces vorticity and potential vorticity, as well as turbulence. In the third theme, the concepts developed in the first two themes are used to give an understanding of balanced motion in real atmospheric phenomena. It starts with quasi-geostrophic theory and moves on to linear and nonlinear theories for mid-latitude weather systems and their fronts. The potential vorticity perspective on weather systems is highlighted with a discussion of the Rossby wave propagation and potential vorticity mixing covered in the final chapter.


Titel: Fluid Dynamics of the Mid-Latitude Atmosphere
Autoren/Herausgeber: Brian J. Hoskins, Ian N. James
Aus der Reihe: Advancing Weather and Climate Science
Ausgabe: 1. Auflage

ISBN/EAN: 9781118526033

Seitenzahl: 432
Produktform: E-Book
Sprache: Englisch

Having gained mathematics degrees from Cambridge and spent somepost-doc years in the USA, Brian Hoskins has been at theUniversity of Reading for more than 40 years, being made aprofessor in 1981, and also more recently has led a climateinstitute at Imperial College London. His internationalactivities have included being President of IAMAS and Vice-Chair ofthe JSC for WCRP. He is a member of the science academies of theUK, Europe, USA and China, he has received the top awards of boththe Royal and American Meteorological Societies, the VilhelmBjerknes medal of the EGU and the Buys Ballot Medal, and he wasknighted in 2007.
From a background in physics and astronomy, Ian Jamesworked in the geophysical fluid dynamics laboratory of theMeteorological Office before joining the University of Reading in1979. During his 31 years in the Reading meteorology department, hehas taught courses in dynamical meteorology and global atmosphericcirculation. In 1998, he was awarded the Buchan Prize of the RoyalMeteorological Society for his work on low frequency atmosphericvariability. He has been President of the Dynamical MeteorologyCommission of IAMAS, vice president of the Royal MeteorologicalSociety, and currently edits the journal Atmospheric ScienceLetters. He now serves as an Anglican priest in Cumbria.

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