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Mid-Latitude Atmospheric Dynamics: A First Course provides an introduction to the physical and mathematical description of mid-latitude atmospheric dynamics and its application to the diagnosis of extratropical cyclones. Requiring a background in physics and calculus but no prior knowledge of meteorology, this student-friendly text places the emphasis on conceptual understanding.

Written in a conversational tone, this text is an ideal companion for a first course in the subject, delving into greater depth as the book, and the student, progresses. Real weather examples are woven through the more mathematically focused early chapters, while later chapters introduce a range of case-studies from around the globe to illustrate theoretical and phenomenological aspects of the mid-latitude cyclone life cycle.

About the Author:
Jonathan E. Martin is a Professor in the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

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“…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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470864654
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 7/5/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 677,882
  • 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

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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