Atmospheric Convection

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This graduate-level meteorology text and reference provides a scientifically rigorous description of the many types of convective circulations in the Earth's atmosphere. These range from small-scale, convectively driven turbulences in the boundary layer to precipitating systems covering many thousands of square kilometers. The text introduces the principal techniques used in understanding and predicting convective motion: theory, field experiment, and numerical modelling. Part I explores dry convection, including turbulent plumes and thermals from isolated buoyancy sources, Raleigh-Benard convection, and turbulent convection in the planetary boundary layer. Emphasis is placed on applying theoretical understanding and lessons from experiments. Part II offers a complete treatment of the thermodynamics of moist and cloudy air, including fundamental laws, conserved quantities, graphical techniques, and stability. Part III explores the characteristics of individual convective clouds, thunderstorms, squall lines, mesoscale convective systems, and slantwise convection. Part IV studies the ensemble effects of convective clouds, including stratocumulus at trade cumulus boundary layers and the representation of convective clouds in numerical models. Each chapter is followed by a set of exercises.
 

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Contents

General Principles
3
Convection from local sources
14
Exercises
40
the RayleighBenard problem
47
4
107
Graphical techniques
145
Stability
165
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191
Stratocumulus and tradecumulus boundary
421
Deep convective regimes
463
Interaction of convection with largescale flows
488
Cumulus representation in numerical models
524
Water and thermodynamic variables
561
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Kerry A. Emanuel, Ph. D., is Professor, and Director of the Center for Meteorology and Physical Oceanography at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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