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Atmospheric and oceanic fluid dynamics : fundamentals and large-scale circulation / Geoffrey K. Vallis.


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Vallis, Geoffrey K.
Publication date:
Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2006.
  • Book
  • xxv, 745 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 717-737) and index.
  • Part I. Fundamentals of Geophysical Fluid Dynamics: 1. Equations of motion-- 2. Effects of rotation and stratification-- 3. Shallow water systems and isentropic coordinates-- 4. Vorticity and potential vorticity-- 5. Simplified equations for ocean and atmosphere-- Part II. Instabilities, Waves and Turbulence: 6. Barotropic and baroclinic instability-- 7. Wave-mean flow interaction-- 8. Turbulence: basic theory-- 9. Geostrophic turbulence and baroclinic eddies-- 10. Turbulent diffusion and eddy transport-- Part III. Large-Scale Atmospheric Circulation: 11. The overturning circulation: Hadley and Ferrel cells-- 12. Mid-latitude atmospheric circulation-- 13. Zonal asymmetries, planetary waves and stratosphere-- Part IV. Large-Scale Circulation: 14. Wind-driven gyres-- 15. The buoyancy driven circulation-- 16. Wind and buoyancy driven circulation-- Appendix: miscellaneous relationships in a layered model-- Index.
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Publisher's Summary:
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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