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Title:
Dynamics of the atmosphere : a course in theoretical meteorology
Author:
Zdunkowski, Wilford, 1929-
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Publication Information:
Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2003.
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xviii, 719 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Language:
English
Contents:
pt. 1. Mathematical tools. Algebra of vectors -- Vector functions -- Differential relations -- Coordinate transformations -- The method of covariant differentiation -- Integral operations -- Introduction to the concepts of nonlinear dynamics -- pt. 2. Dynamics of the atmosphere. 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 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 generalized vertical coordinate -- A quasi-geostrophic baroclinic model -- A two-level prognostic model, baroclinic instability -- An excursion concerning numerical procedures -- Modeling of atmospheric flow by spectral techniques -- Predictability.
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9780521809498

9780521006668
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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.


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Zdunkowski (Universitat Mainz, Germany) and Bott (Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universitat, Bonn, Germany) have subtitled their book "A Course in Theoretical Meteorology," which it certainly is, but it is also a course in applied meteorology because of its examination of such subjects as convergence and divergence, atmospheric waves, vorticity, and modeling. These subjects and others within the book are all critical components of real-world meteorological analysis and forecasting. This book is clearly intended for graduate-level readers with a solid grasp of vectors, scalars, calculus, and differential equations, on which is built an extensive analysis of atmospheric processes. Heavy in discussion and equations, this work is formal in presentation but offers many figures and bolded equations. Each chapter contains review questions and problems, including an appendix with answers and explanations. Dynamics pulls together all the components needed for understanding global meteorology, presenting them in a thorough and precise manner, though it is a presentation that is best viewed by skilled and well-prepared graduate-level readers. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Graduate students through professionals. M. W. Carr Maine Maritime Academy


Table of Contents

Preface
M1 Algebra of vectors
M2 Vector functions
M3 Differential relations
M4 Coordinate transformations
M5 The method of covariant differentiation
M6 Integral operations
M7 Introduction to the concepts of nonlinear dynamics
1 The laws of atmospheric motion
2 Scale analysis
3 The material and the local description of flow
4 Atmospheric flow fields
5 The Navier-Stokes stress tensor
6 The Helmholtz theorem
7 Kinematics of two-dimensional flow
8 Natural coordinates
9 Boundary surfaces and boundary conditions
10 Circulation and vorticity theorems
11 Turbulent systems
12 An excursion into the spectral turbulence theory
13 The atmospheric boundary-layer
14 Wave motion in the atmosphere
15 The barotropic model
16 Rossby waves
17 Inertial and dynamic stability
18 The equation of motion in general coordinate systems
19 The geographical coordinate system
20 The stereographic coordinate system
21 Orography-following coordinate systems
22 The stereographic system with a generalised vertical coordinate
23 A quasi-geostrophic baroclinic model
24 A two-level prognostic model: baroclinic instability
25 An excursion into numerical procedures
26 Modeling of atmospheric flow by spectral techniques
27 Predictability
Answers to problems
List of commonly used symbols
References
Index