An Introduction to Dynamic Meteorology

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An Introduction to Dynamic Meteorology, Second Edition deals with rapid advances in the science of dynamic meteorology. This book presents dynamic meteorology as a cohesive subject with a central unifying body of theory, namely, the quasi-geostrophic system. Topics range from the basic conservation laws to circulation and vorticity, planetary boundary layer, synoptic scale motions in middle latitudes, atmospheric oscillations, midlatitude synoptic systems, dynamics of the stratosphere, and tropical motions. This volume is comprised of 12 chapters and begins with a discussion on the fundamental fluid dynamics necessary for understanding large-scale atmospheric motions, including expanded treatments of atmospheric thermodynamics and of the planetary boundary layer. The reader is then introduced to the basics of modern dynamical meteorology, including the stratospheric dynamics. The energetics of the lower stratosphere, vertically propagating planetary waves, the quasi-biennial oscillation, and the ozone layer are considered. The final chapter reviews the dynamics of the tropical atmosphere, with emphasis on large-scale motions in the equatorial zone, the origin of equatorial disturbances, and tropical cyclones. A number of additional problems that span a wide range in difficulty are included, and answers to selected problems are provided. Throughout the book, the emphasis is on physical principles rather than mathematical elegance. Some use is made of vector calculus. This book is a valuable resource for meteorologists and those working in the field of atmospheric sciences.

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