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Mountain Meteorology Fundamentals and Applications

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ISBN-10: 0195132718

ISBN-13: 9780195132717

Edition: 2000

Authors: C. David Whiteman

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Mountain Meteorology: Fundamentals and Applications offers first an introduction to the basic principles and concepts of mountain meteorology, then goes on to discuss their application in natural resources management. It includes over two hundred, beautiful, full-colour photographs, figures, and diagrams, as well as observable indicators of atmospheric processes--such as winds, temperature, and clouds--to facilitate the recognition of weather systems and events for a variety of readers. It is ideal for those who spend time in or near mountains and whose daily activities are affected by weather. As a comprehensive work filled with diverse examples and colourful illustrations, it is essential for professionals, scholars, and students of meteorology. Mountains of North America are featured, but the European Alps, the Southern Alps of New Zealand, and the Himalayas are also included.
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Book details

List price: $165.00
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 6/1/2000
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 376
Size: 11.10" wide x 8.31" long x 0.98" tall
Weight: 3.080
Language: English

Mountain Climates
Four Factors that Determine Climate
Latitude
Altitude
Continentality
Regional Circulations
Mountain Climates of North America
The Appalachians
The Coast Range, the Alaska Range, the Cascade Range, and the Sierra Nevada
The Rocky Mountains
Between the Mountains
An Introduction to the Atmosphere
Atmospheric Scales of Motion and Atmospheric Composition
Atmospheric Scales of Motion
Atmospheric Composition
Atmospheric Structure and the Earth's Boundary Layer
Vertical Structure of the Atmosphere
Temperature
Atmospheric Stability
The Atmospheric Boundary Layer and the Surface Energy Budget
Pressure and Winds
Atmospheric Pressure
Winds
Air Masses and Fronts
Air Mass Source Regions and Trajectories
Fronts
Clouds and Fogs
Clouds
Fogs
Precipitation
Types of Precipitation
Intensity of Precipitation
Measuring Precipitation
Formation of Precipitation
Spatial and Temporal Distribution of Precipitation
Icing
Mountain Thunderstorms
Weather Maps, Forecasts, and Data
Weather Maps
Forecasting Guidelines
Weather Information: Data Collection and Dissemination
Obtaining Professional Forecasts for Major Federal Projects
Mountain Winds
Terrain-Forced Flows
Three Factors that Affect Terrain-Forced Flows
Flow over Mountains
Flow around Mountains
Flows through Gaps, Channels, and Passes
Blocking, Cold Air Damming, and Obstruction of Air Masses
On the High Plains: The Low-Level Jet
Diurnal Mountain Winds
The Daily Cycle of Slope and Along-Valley Winds and Temperature Structure
Modification of Diurnal Mountain Winds by Variations in the Surface Energy Budget
Disturbances of the Daily Cycle by Larger Scale Flows
The Four Components of the Mountain Wind System
Diurnal Mountain Winds in Basins
Diurnal Mountain Winds over Plateaus
Other Local Thermally Driven Wind Systems
Selected Applications of Mountain Meteorology
Air Pollution Dispersion
Classification and Regulation of Air Pollutants
Air Quality Studies and Air Pollution Models
Wind Speed and Air Pollution Concentrations
Stability, Inversions, and Mixing Depth
Synoptic Weather Categories and Air Pollution Dispersion
Mountainous Terrain and Atmospheric Dispersion
Assessing Air Pollution Potential in Mountain Terrain
Fire Weather and Smoke Management
The Fire Environment
Fuel Moisture Content
Fire Weather in Complex Terrain
Critical Fire Weather
Prescribed Fire and Smoke Management
Monitoring Fire Weather and Smoke Dispersion Parameters
Aerial Spraying
Overview of Aerial Spraying
Meteorological Factors that Affect Aerial Spraying Operations
Spray Deposition
Additional Considerations in Complex Terrain
Collection of Meteorological Data
Computer Modeling
Integration of Meteorological Information into Operations
References
Appendixes
Formulas
Psychrometric Tables
Sources of Information on Weather Monitoring and Instrumentation
Units, Unit Conversion Factors, and Time Conversions
Solar Radiation on Slopes
Additional Reading
METAR and TAF Code Abbreviations
Glossary
Abbreviations and Acronyms
Index