Atmospheric and Oceanic Fluid Dynamics Fundamentals and Large-Scale Circulation

ISBN-10: 0521849691

ISBN-13: 9780521849692

Edition: 2006

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Fluid dynamics is fundamental to our understanding of the atmosphere and oceans. Although many of the same principles of fluid dynamics apply to both the atmosphere and oceans, textbooks tend to concentrate on the atmosphere, the ocean, or the theory of geophysical fluid dynamics (GFD). This textbook provides a comprehensive unified treatment of atmospheric and oceanic fluid dynamics. The book introduces the fundamentals of geophysical fluid dynamics, including rotation and stratification, vorticity and potential vorticity, and scaling and approximations. It discusses baroclinic and barotropic instabilities, wave-mean flow interactions and turbulence, and the general circulation of the atmosphere and ocean. Student problems and exercises are included at the end of each chapter. Atmospheric and Oceanic Fluid Dynamics: Fundamentals and Large-Scale Circulation will be an invaluable graduate textbook on advanced courses in GFD, meteorology, atmospheric science and oceanography, and an excellent review volume for researchers. Additional resources are available at www.cambridge.org/9780521849692.
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Book details

List price: $110.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 11/6/2006
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 769
Size: 7.25" wide x 10.00" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 4.4
Language: English

Jonathan Laurence is associate professor of political science at Boston College.Geoffrey K. Vallis is professor and senior scientist in the Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences Program and the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory, Princeton University. He is the author of the standard graduate text "Atmospheric and Oceanic Fluid Dynamics".

Fundamentals of Geophysical Fluid Dynamics:
Equations of motion
Effects of rotation and stratification
Shallow water systems and isentropic coordinates
Vorticity and potential vorticity
Simplified equations for ocean and atmosphere
Instabilities, Waves and Turbulence
Barotropic and baroclinic instability
Wave-mean flow interaction
Turbulence, basic theory
Geostrophic turbulence and baroclinic eddies
Turbulent diffusion and eddy transport
Large-Scale Atmospheric Circulation
The overturning circulation: Hadley and Ferrel cells
Mid-latitude atmospheric circulation
Zonal asymmetries, planetary waves and stratosphere
Large-Scale Circulation
Wind-driven gyres
The buoyancy driven circulation
Wind and buoyancy driven circulation; Appendix: miscellaneous relationships in a layered model
Index.
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