Atmosphere, Ocean and Climate Dynamics: An Introductory Text (Google eBook)

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Academic Press, Jan 1, 1979 - Science - 344 pages
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For advanced undergraduate and beginning graduate students in atmospheric, oceanic, and climate science, Atmosphere, Ocean and Climate Dynamics is an introductory textbook on the circulations of the atmosphere and ocean and their interaction, with an emphasis on global scales. It will give students a good grasp of what the atmosphere and oceans look like on the large-scale and why they look that way. The role of the oceans in climate and paleoclimate is also discussed. The combination of observations, theory and accompanying illustrative laboratory experiments sets this text apart by making it accessible to students with no prior training in meteorology or oceanography.

* Written at a mathematical level that is appealing for undergraduates and
beginning graduate students
* Provides a useful educational tool through a combination of observations and
laboratory demonstrations which can be viewed over the web
* Contains instructions on how to reproduce the simple but informative
laboratory experiments
* Includes copious problems (with sample answers) to help students learn the
material.
  

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Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction
1
Chapter 2 The Basic Conservation Laws
26
Chapter 3 Elementary Applications of the Basic Equations
54
Chapter 4 Circulation and Vorticity
78
Chapter 5 The Planetary Boundary Layer
101
Chapter 6 The Dynamics of Synoptic Scale Motions in Middle Latitudes
119
Linear Perturbation Theory
146
Chapter 8 Numerical Prediction
173
Chapter 12 Tropical Motion Systems
323
Appendix A Useful Constants and Parameters
363
Appendix B List of Symbols
364
Appendix C Vector Analysis
368
Appendix D The Equivalent Potential Temperature
371
Appendix E Standard Atmosphere Data
373
Answers to Selected Problems
375
Bibliography
379

Chapter 9 The Development and Motion of Midlatitude Synoptic Systems
214
Chapter 10 The General Circulation
247
Chapter 11 Stratospheric Dynamics
295
Index
383
InternationaI Geophysics Series
393
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About the author (1979)

John Marshall is Professor of History at The Johns Hopkins University. He is the author of John Locke: Resistance, Religion, and Responsibility (1994).

Alan Plumb is Professor of Meteorology and Director of the Program in Oceans, Atmospheres, and Climate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has been an editor of Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences and of Pure and Applied Geophysics and has published approximately 100 peer reviewed papers, as well as co-editing one previous book and co-authoring an undergraduate textbook on The Circulation of the Atmosphere and Ocean (in press).

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