Mid-Latitude Atmospheric Dynamics: A First Course / Edition 1

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Overview

This exciting text provides a mathematically rigorous yet accessible textbook that is primarily aimed at atmospheric science majors. Its accessibility is due to the texts emphasis on conceptual understanding.

The first five chapters constitute a companion text to introductory courses covering the dynamics of the mid-latitude atmosphere. The final four chapters constitute a more advanced course, and provide insights into the diagnostic power of the quasi-geostrophic approximation of the equations outlined in the previous chapters, the meso-scale dynamics of thefrontal zone, the alternative PV perspective for cyclone interpretation, and the dynamics of the life-cycle of mid-latitude cyclones.

  • Written in a clear and accessible style
  • Features real weather examples and global case studies
  • Each chapter sets out clear learning objectives and tests students’ knowledge with concluding questions and answers

A Solutions Manual is also available for this textbook on the Instructor Companion Site www.wileyeurope.com/college/martin.

“…a student-friendly yet rigorous textbook that accomplishes what no other textbook has done before… I highly recommend this textbook. For instructors, this is a great book if they don’t have their own class notes – one can teach straight from the book. And for students, this is a great book if they don’t take good class notes – one can learn straight from the book. This is a rare attribute of advanced textbooks.”

Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society (BAMS), 2008

 

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"A student-friendly yet rigorous textbook that accomplishes what no other textbook has done before … I highly recommend this textbook." (Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society)

"... I have personally used Mid-Latitude Atmospheric Dynamics … and found it to be a welcome addition to my reading lists." (Area, 2007)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470864647
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 7/5/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.85 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Meet the Author

Jonathan E. Martin is a Professor in the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he has taught since 1994.  He has received numerous accolades for his teaching including the Underkofler Excellence in Teaching Award and is a Fellow in the Teaching Academy of the University of Wisconsin.  His teaching excellence is allied with  research expertise in the study of mid-latitude weather systems. Professor Martin has published extensively in scholarly journals and was awarded the distinction of being named a Mark H. Ingraham Distinguished Faculty Member by the College of Letters and Science at UW-Madison.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction and review of mathematical tools 1
2 Fundamental and apparent forces 25
3 Mass, momentum and energy : the fundamental quantities of the physical world 43
4 Applications of the equations of motion 77
5 Circulation, vorticity, and divergence 115
6 The diagnosis of mid-latitude synoptic-scale vertical motions 147
7 The vertical circulation at fronts 187
8 Dynamical aspects of the life cycle of the mid-latitude cyclone 237
9 Potential vorticity and applications to mid-latitude weather systems 275
App. A Virtual temperature 311
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