Monsoon Dynamics

Monsoon Dynamics

by James Lighthill, R. P. Pearce

This volume presents a survey of our state of knowledge of the physical and dynamical processes involved in the Asian monsoon.See more details below


This volume presents a survey of our state of knowledge of the physical and dynamical processes involved in the Asian monsoon.

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Cambridge University Press
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Table of Contents

Part I. The large-scale climatology of the tropical atmosphere: Introduction; 1. Teleconnections of rainfall anomalies in the tropics and subtropics; 2. Northern summer planetary-scale monsoons during drought and normal rainfall months; 3. The annual oscillation of the trophospheric temperature in the northern hemisphere; 4. Summer mean energetics for standing and transcient eddies in the wavenumber domain; 5. Monitoring the monsoon outflow from geosynchronous satellite data; 6. Predictability of monsoon; 7. A review of general-circulation model experiments in the Indian monsoon; 8. Simulation of the Asian summer monsoon by an 11-layer general-circulation model; 9. Analysis of monsoonal quasi-stationary systems as revealed in a real-data prediction experiment; 10. A model of the seasonally varying planetary-scale monsoon; 11. Wave interactions in the equatorial atmosphere - an analytical study; Part II. The summer monsoon over the Indian subcontinent and East Africa: 12. The monsoon as reflected in the behaviour of the tropical high-pressure belt; 13. On the onset of the Indian southwest monsoon and the monsoon general circulation; 14. Medium-range forecasting of monsoon rains; 15. Sea-surface temperature and the monsoon; 16. The effect of elevation on monsoon rainfall distribution in the central Himalayas; 17. Use of the equation of continuity of water vapour for computation of average precipitation over peninsular India during the summer monsoon; 18. Determination of cloud cluster properties from MONSOON77 data; 19. Analysis of superpressure balloon trajectories and conventional observations over the Indian Ocean during different phases of the 1975 southwest monsoon; 20. An experiment in monitoring cross-equatorial airflow at low level over Kenya and rainfall of western India during the northern summers; 21. Structure of the Somali Jet deducted from aerial observations taken during June-July 1977; 22. Certain aspects of monsoonal precipitation dynamics over Lake Victoria; 23. A numerical model of the monsoon trough; 24. On the monsoonal midtropospheric cyclogenesis over western India; 25. Downstream development of baroclinic waves in the upper-tropospheric monsoon easterlies suggested by a simple model experiment; 26. The stability of the monsoon zonal flow with a superposed stationary monsoon wave; 27. Growth of monsoon disturbances over western India; 28. Topographic Rossby waves in the summer monsoon; Part III. The physics and dynamics of the Indian Ocean during the summer monsoon: 29. Observations of the Somali Current and its relationship to the monsoon winds; 30. Structure of currents and hydrographic conditions in the western equatorial Indian Ocean during the summer monsoon; 31. Recent observations in the equatorial Indian Ocean; 32. Sea temperature variations in the northeastern Arabian Sea in relation to the southwest monsoon; 33. Heat budget of the north Indian oceanic surface during MONSOON77; 34. The energy budget at selected stations over the north Indian Ocean during MONSOON77; 35. Observations of coastal-water upwelling around India; 36. A numerical study of surface cooling processes during summer in the Arabian Sea; 37. Maximum simplification of nonlinear Somali Current dynamics; Part IV. Some important mathematical modelling techniques: 39. On the incorporation of orography into numerical prediction models; 40. Vertical motion in the monsoon circulation; 41. A one-dimensional model of the planetary boundary layer for monsoon studies; 42. The use of empirical orthogonal functions for rainfall estimates; 43. Applications of perturbation theory to problems of simulation of atmospheric processes; Part V. Storm surges and flood forecasting: 44. Storm-surge prediction using numerical models; 45. Numerical simulation of storm surges in the Bay of Bengal; 46. Flood stage forecasting in rivers; Index.

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