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: 9780470864654
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/5/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 910,895
  • Product dimensions: 6.71 (w) x 9.61 (h) x 0.80 (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

Preface.

Acknowledgments.

1. Introduction and Review of Mathematical Tools.

Objectives.

1.1 Fluids and the nature of fluid dynamics.

1.2 Review of useful mathematical tools.

1.2.1 Elements of vector calculus.

1.2.2 The Taylor series expansion.

1.2.3 Centred difference approximations to derivatives.

1.2.4 Temporal changes of a continuous variable.

1.3 Estimating with scale analysis.

1.4 Basic kinematics of fluids.

1.4.1 Pure vorticity.

1.4.2 Pure divergence.

1.4.3 Pure stretching deformation.

1.4.4 Pure shearing deformation.

1.5 Mensuration.

Selected references.

Problems.

Solutions.

2. Fundamental and Apparent Forces.

Objectives.

2.1 The fundamental forces.

2.1.1 The pressure gradient force.

2.1.2 The gravitational force.

2.1.3 The frictional force.

2.2 Apparent forces.

2.2.1 The centrifugal force.

2.2.2 The Coriolis force.

Selected references.

Problems.

Solutions.

3. Mass, Momentum, and Energy: The Fundamental Quantities of the Physical World.

Objectives.

3.1 Mass in the Atmosphere.

3.1.1 The hypsometric equation.

3.2 Conservation of momentum: The equations of motion.

3.2.1 The equations of motion in spherical coordinates.

3.2.2 Conservation of mass.

3.3 Conservation of energy: The energy equation.

Selected references.

Problems.

Solutions.

4. Applications of the Equations of Motion.

Objectives.

4.1 Pressure as a vertical coordinate.

4.2 Potential temperature as a vertical coordinate.

4.3 The thermal wind balance.

4.4 Natural coordinates and balanced flows.

4.4.1 Geostrophic flow.

4.4.2 Inertial flow.

4.4.3 Cyclostrophic flow.

4.4.4 Gradient flow.

4.5 The relationship between trajectories and streamlines.

Selected references.

Problems.

Solutions.

5. Circulation, Vorticity, and Divergence.

Objectives.

5.1 The Circulation theorem and its physical interpretation.

5.2 Vorticity and potential vorticity.

5.3 The relationship between vorticity and divergence.

5.4 The quasi-geostrophic system of equations.

Selected references.

Problems.

Solutions.

6. The Diagnosis of Mid-Latitude Synoptic-Scale Vertical Motions.

Objectives.

6.1 The nature of the ageostrophic wind: Isolating the acceleration vector.

6.1.1 Sutcliffe’s expression for net ageostrophic divergence in a column.

6.1.2 Another perspective on the ageostrophic wind.

6.2 The Sutcliffe development theorem.

6.3 The quasi-geostrophic omega equation.

6.4 The Q_-vector.

6.4.1 The geostrophic pradox and its resolution.

6.4.2 A natural coordinate version of the _Q-vector.

6.4.3 The along- and across-isentrope components of _Q.

Selected references.

Problems.

Solutions.

7. The Vertical Circulation at Fronts.

Objectives.

7.1 The structural and dynamical characteristics of mid-latitude fronts.

7.2 Frontogenesis and vertical motions.

7.3 The semi-geostrophic equations.

7.4 Upper-level frontogenesis.

7.5 Precipitation processes at fronts.

Selected references.

Problems.

Solutions.

8. Dynamical Aspects of the Life Cycle of the Mid-Latitude Cyclone.

Objectives.

8.1 Introduction: The polar front theory of cyclones.

8.2 Basic structural and energetic characteristics of the cyclone.

8.3 The cyclogenesis stage: The QG tendency equation perspective.

8.4 The cyclogenesis stage: The QG omega equation perspective.

8.5 The cyclogenetic influence of diabatic processes: Explosive cyclogenesis.

8.6 The post-mature stage: Characteristic thermal structure.

8.7 The post-mature stage: The QG dynamics of the occluded quadrant.

8.8 The Decay Stage.

Selected references.

Problems.

Solutions.

9. Potential Vorticity and Applications to Mid-Latitude Weather Systems.

Objectives.

9.1 Potential vorticity and isentropic divergence.

9.2 Characteristics of a positive PV anomaly.

9.3 Cyclogenesis from the PV perspective.

9.4 The influence of diabatic heating on PV.

9.5 Additional applications of the PV perspective.

9.5.1 Piecewise PV inversion and some applications.

9.5.2 A PV perspective on occlusion.

9.5.3 A PV perspective on leeside cyclogenesis.

9.5.4 The effects of PV superposition and attenuation.

Selected references.

Problems.

Solutions.

Appendix A: Virtual Temperature.

Bibliography.

Index.

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