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Introduction to Atmospheric Gravity Waves

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ISBN-10: 0123852234

ISBN-13: 9780123852236

Edition: 2nd 2012

Authors: Carmen J. Nappo

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Gravity waves exist in all types of geophysical fluids, such as lakes, oceans, and atmospheres. They play an important role in redistributing energy at disturbances, such as mountains or seamounts and they are routinely studied in meteorology and oceanography, particularly simulation models, atmospheric weather models, turbulence, air pollution, and climate research. An Introduction to Atmospheric Gravity Waves provides readers with a working background of the fundamental physics and mathematics of gravity waves, and introduces a wide variety of applications and numerous recent advances. Nappo provides a concise volume on gravity waves with a lucid discussion of current observational…    
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Book details

Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Elsevier Science & Technology
Publication date: 11/12/2012
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 400
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.386
Language: English

Some Wave Mechanics
Waves, Harmonics, and Modes
Frames of Reference
Wave Scales
Wave Phase and Wave Speed
Group Velocity
Wave Dispersion
The Buoyant Force
The Boussinesq Approximation
The Linear Theory
The Taylor-Goldstein Equation
A Simple Solution
No Background Wind Speed
Constant Background Wind Speed
The WKB or "Slowly Varying" Method
Wave Energy
Wave-Activity Conservation Laws
Wave Action
Pseudo-Energy and Pseudo-Momentum
Mountain Waves
Uniform Flow Over a Surface Corrugation
The Two-Dimensional Mountain
The Three-Dimensional Mountain
Nonorographic Gravity Waves
Ducted Gravity Waves
Wave Reflection and Refraction at an Elevated Layer
Wave Trapping, Energy Flux, and Wave Resonance
Reflection at the Ground Surface
Wave Ducts
The Pure Temperature Duct
The Pure Wind Duct
Wind Spirals and Ducts
Mountain Lee Waves
Gravity Wave Instability and Turbulence
Parcel Exchange Analysis of Flow Stability
Wave Instability
Kelvin-Helmholtz Instability
Tim Stability of Shear Flows
Inflection Point Instability
Instability of Stratified Shear Flows
The Critical Level
Neutral, Stable, and Unstable Modes
Wave-Modulated Richardson Number
Wave-Turbulence Coupling
Jefferys' Roll-Wave Instability Mechanism
Wave Stress
Mathematical Derivation
Variation of Wave Stress with Height
Mountain Wave Stress
Wave Stress Over a Surface Corrugation
Wave Stress Over an Isolated Two-Dimensional Mountain
Wave Stress Over Three-Dimensional Objects
Secondary Effects of Wave Drag
Direction Forcing
Lee Wave Drag Over a Two-Dimensional Mountain
Momentum Flux Due to Mountain Lee Waves
Gravity Waves in the Middle and Upper Atmosphere
Interia-Gravity Waves in the Middle Atmosphere
Planetary Waves in the Middle Atmosphere
Rossby Wave
Tropical Atmosphere
Vertically Propagating Rossby-Gravity Waves
The Kelvin Wave
Midlatitude Wave Spectra
High-Frequency Waves: � >> f
Mid-Frequency Waves: f >> � >> N
Low-Frequency Range: � ∼ f
Modeling the Gravity Wave Fluxes in the MUA
Hydrodynamic Models
Ray Tracing
Wave Stress Parameterization
Wave Breaking, Wave Saturation, and Eddy Diffusivity
Wave Breaking Heights
Wave-Saturation Parameterization
Parameterization Methods
Sawyer Method
Lindzen-Holton Method
Tim Palmer Method
The McFarlane Method
The Schoeberl Method
The Terrain-Height Adjustment Scheme
Saturation Limits and Other Problems
Observations and Measurements of Gravity Waves
Ground-Based Measurements
Static Pressure Ports
Noise Filtering
Sampling Arrays
Free-Balloon Soundings
Tethered Lifting Systems
Superpressure Balloons
Remote Measurements
Doppler Radar
FM-CW Radar
Satellites and Global Positioning Systems
Photographic Analyses
Sounding Rocket
GPS Radio-Occultation Sounding
Microwave Limb Sounding
Gravity Wave Analyses
Analyses of Tropospheric Gravity Waves
Initial Steeps
Spectral Analysis
Wavelet Analysis
Band-Pass Filtering
Lag Analysis
Cross-Correlation Lag Analysis
Beamsteering in the Slowness Domain
Beamsteering in the Frequency Domain
Array Response and Examples
Analysis Results
Gravity Wave Analyses in the MUA
Wavelet Analysis
Hodograph Analysis
The Hydrostatic Atmosphere
The Hydrostatic Approximation
The Scale Height of the Isothermal Atmosphere
Adiabatic Lapse Rate
Potential Temperature
Boussinesq Relations
The Geostrophic Wind
The Critical Level
The Eckman Wind Spiral
Numerical Methods
Mountain Waves
Ducted Gravity Waves