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xvii, 249 p. : ill. ; 26 cm.
  • Preface-- List of symbols-- 1. Purposes and value of geophysical fluid dynamics-- 2. Fundamental dynamics-- 3. Barotropic and vortex dynamics-- 4. Rotating shallow-water and wave dynamics-- 5. Baroclinic and jet dynamics-- 6. Boundary-layer and wind-gyre dynamics-- Afterword-- Exercises-- Bibliography-- Index.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780521856379 20160528
Earth's atmosphere and oceans exhibit complex patterns of fluid motion over a vast range of space and time scales. These patterns combine to establish the climate in response to solar radiation that is inhomogeneously absorbed by the materials comprising air, water, and land. Spontaneous, energetic variability arises from instabilities in the planetary-scale circulations, appearing in many different forms such as waves, jets, vortices, boundary layers, and turbulence. Geophysical fluid dynamics (GFD) is the science of all these types of fluid motion. This textbook is a concise and accessible introduction to GFD for intermediate to advanced students of the physics, chemistry, and/or biology of Earth's fluid environment. The book was developed from the author's many years of teaching a first-year graduate course at the University of California, Los Angeles. Readers are expected to be familiar with physics and mathematics at the level of general dynamics (mechanics) and partial differential equations.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780521856379 20160528
Earth Sciences Library (Branner)
CEE 363F
xv, 662 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
  • How the Ocean--Atmosphere System Is Driven. Transfer of Properties between Atmosphere and Ocean. Properties of a Fluid at Rest. Equations Satisfied by a Moving Fluid. Adjustment under Gravity in a Nonrotating System. Adjustment under Gravity of a Density-Stratified Fluid. Effect of Rotation. Gravity Waves in a Rotating Fluid. Forced Motion. Effects of Side Boundaries. The Tropics. Mid-Latitudes. Instabilities, Fronts, and the General Circulation. Units and Their SI Equivalents. Useful Values. Properties of Seawater. Properties of Moist Air. A List of Atlases and Data Sources. References. Index.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780122835223 20160528
A systematic, unifying approach to the dynamics of the ocean and atmosphere is given in this book, with emphasis on the larger-scale motions (from a few kilometers to global scale). The foundations of the subject (the equations of state and dynamical equations) are covered in some detail, so that students with training in mathematics should find it a self-contained text. Knowledge of fluid mechanics is helpful but not essential. Simple mathematical models are used to demonstrate the fundamental dynamical principles with plentiful illustrations from field and laboratory.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780122835223 20160528
Earth Sciences Library (Branner), Marine Biology Library (Miller)
CEE 363F