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Atmosphere and Ocean A Physical Introduction

ISBN-10: 0470694688

ISBN-13: 9780470694688

Edition: 3rd 2012

Authors: Neil C. Wells

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The Atmosphere and Ocean, is a fully revised and updated student friendly physical introduction to the atmosphere and ocean. Now in its Third Edition, the book continues to provide students with an accessible description of the atmosphere and ocean with emphasis on their physical properties and inter-dependence. Clearly structured throughout, the book demonstrates that the atmosphere and ocean are both subject to the influence of the earth's rotation and therefore they have a common dynamical basis. The author clearly demonstrates the fundamental differences between the two environments and provides the reader with a much better understanding of the atmosphere and the ocean and an appreciation of their closest interactive relationship. There have been many developments in the field over the past ten years and this latest edition of a highly successful textbook brings together new material on the ocean-atmosphere system and climate, the observed circulation of the atmosphere and ocean and radiation in the atmosphere and ocean.
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Book details

List price: $49.50
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Limited
Publication date: 11/18/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 424
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.452

Series Foreword
Preface to the Third Edition
The Earth within the Solar System
The Sun and its constancy
Orbital variations in solar radiation
Radiative equilibrium temperature
Thermal inertia of the atmosphere
Albedo
The topography of the Earth's surface
Composition and Physical Properties of the Ocean and Atmosphere
Evolution of the atmosphere and ocean
Present-day composition of sea water
Introduction to gases and liquids
Hydrostatic equilibrium
Adiabatic changes and potential temperature
Vertical stability of the ocean and atmosphere
Radiation, Temperature and Stability
Vertical variation of atmospheric constituents
The attenuation of solar radiation
Absorption of planetary radiation
Vertical temperature profile and its relation to radiation
The absorption of solar radiation in the ocean
Diurnal and seasonal temperature cycles in the ocean
Water in the Atmosphere
Introduction
The moist atmosphere
Measurement and observation of water vapour
Stability in a moist atmosphere
Processes of precipitation and evaporation: The formation of clouds
Macroscopic processes in cloud formation
Global Budgets of Heat, Water and Salt
The measurement of heat budgets at the surface
Observations of surface heat fluxes and budgets
The measurement of the water budget
Observations of the water budget
The salt budget of the ocean
Temperature and salinity relationships in the ocean
Tracers in the ocean
Observations of Winds and Currents
Measurement of winds and currents
Scales of motion in the atmosphere and ocean
Time averaged circulation
Time-dependent motion
The Influence of the Earth's Rotation on Fluid Motion
An introduction to the Earth's rotation
Inertial motion
Pressure gradients and geostrophic motion
Vorticity and circulation
The atmosphere and ocean boundary layers
Equatorial winds and currents
Waves and Tides
The spectrum of surface waves
Wind waves and swell
Long waves
Internal waves
Ocean tides
Storm surges
Atmospheric waves and tides
Energy Transfer in the Ocean-Atmosphere System
Modes of energy in the ocean-atmosphere system
The kinetic energy of the atmosphere and ocean
Mechanisms of kinetic energy transfer
General circulation of the atmosphere
General circulation of the ocean
Mathematical Modelling of the Ocean and Atmosphere
Introduction
Scientific modelling: A simple model of the surface layer of the ocean
A dynamical model of the ocean surface layer
Numerical solutions of mathematical models
Numerical solutions for momentum on a rotating Earth
Atmospheric and climate general circulation models
Global ocean models
Observations of the ocean and atmosphere
Atmosphere-Ocean Interaction
Air-sea interaction: An introduction
Seasonal anomalies of the ocean-land-atmosphere system
Interannual fluctuations in the ocean-atmosphere system
Decadal variations in the ocean-atmosphere system
Climate Change
Past climate observations
Mechanisms of climate change
Current climate change
Understanding recent climate change
Predicting future climate
Problems
Glossary
General Reading
Further Reading and References
Figure Sources
Appendices
Standard International (SI) Units
SI Unit Prefixes
Index