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

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Academic Press, Dec 19, 2007 - 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 Characteristics of the Atmosphere
1
Chapter 2 The Global Energy Balance
9
Chapter 3 The Vertical Structure of the Atmosphere
23
Chapter 4 Convection
31
Chapter 5 The Meridional Structure of the Atmosphere
61
Chapter 6 The Equations of Fluid Motion
81
Chapter 7 Balanced Flow
109
Chapter 8 The General Circulation of the Atmosphere
139
Chapter 10 The WindDriven Circulation
197
Chapter 11 The Thermohaline Circulation of the Ocean
223
Chapter 12 Climate and Climate Variability
259
Appendices
295
References
303
Index
307
International Geophysics Series
321
Copyright

Chapter 9 The Ocean and Its Circulation
163

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About the author (2007)

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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