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Fundamentals of Geophysical Fluid Dynamics
     

Fundamentals of Geophysical Fluid Dynamics

by James C. McWilliams
 

ISBN-10: 1107404088

ISBN-13: 9781107404083

Pub. Date: 12/08/2011

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This book was first published in 2006. 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

Overview

This book was first published in 2006. 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781107404083
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
12/08/2011
Edition description:
Revised
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.69(w) x 9.61(h) x 0.59(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; 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; References; Index.

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