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Atmospheric dynamics (2011)
Cambridge [u.a.] : Cambridge Univ. Press
Call number: AWI A6-12-0035
Description / Table of Contents: Contents: 1. Fundamental concepts and physical laws. - 2. Basic approximations and elementary flows. - 3. Vorticity and potential vorticity dynamics. - 4. Friction and boundary layers. - 5. Fundamentals of wave dynamics. - 6. Quasi-geostrophic theory and two-layer model. - 7. Dynamic adjustment. - 8. Instability theories. - 9. Stationary planetary wave dynamics. - 10. Wave-mean flow interaction. - 11. Equilibration dynamics of baroclinic waves. - 12. Nongeostrophic dynamics., Atmospheric dynamics is a core component of all atmospheric science curricula. It is concerned with how and why different classes of geophysical disturbances form, what dictates their structure and movement, how the Earth's uneven surface impacts with them, how they evolve to mature stage, how they interact with the background flow, how they decay and how they collectively constrain the general circulation of the atmosphere. Mankin Mak's new textbook provides a self-contained course on atmospheric dynamics. The first half of the book is suitable for undergraduates, and develops the physical, dynamical and mathematical concepts at the fundamental level. The second half of the book is aimed at more advanced students who are already familiar with the basics. The concepts have been developed from many years of the author's teaching at the University of Illinois. The discussions are supplemented with schematics, weather maps and statistical plots of the atmospheric gerneral circulation. Students often find the connection between theoretical dynamics and atmospheric observation somewhat tenuous, and this book demonstrates strong connection between the key dynamics and real observations in the atmosphere, with many illustrative analyses in the simplest possible model settings. Physical reasoning is shown to be even more crucial than mathematical skill in tackling dynamical problems. This textbook is an invaluable asset for courses in atmospheric dynamics for undergraduates as well as for graduate studentes and researchers in atmospheric science, ocean science, weather forecasting, environmental science and applied mathematics. Some background in mathematics and physics is assumed.
Type of Medium: Monograph available for loan
Pages: XIV, 486 S. : Ill., graph. Darst., Kt.
Edition: 1. publ.
ISBN: 9780521195737
Branch Library: AWI Library