Introductory Physics of the Atmosphere and Ocean

Introductory Physics of the Atmosphere and Ocean

by L. Hasse, F. Dobson

Paperback(Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 1985)

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789027721396
Publisher: Springer Netherlands
Publication date: 11/30/1985
Edition description: Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 1985
Pages: 126
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.01(d)

Table of Contents

Introductory Meteorology and Fluid Dynamics.- 1. Some Deductions from Basic Physics.- 2. Large-Scale Atmospheric Circulations.- 3. Synoptic Scale Circulations.- 4. Mesoscale Circulations.- 5. Convection and Stability.- 6. Turbulence and the Planetary Boundary Layer.- 7. Interface Dynamics.- 7.1 Flow at a solid, level surface.- 7.2 Flow at a fluid interface.- 7.3 Stability effects in the surface layer.- 7.4 Parameterization.- 8. Practical Aspects of Atmospheric Transports.- 8.1 Vertical transports.- 8.2 Horizontal transports.- Introductory Physical Oceanography.- Large-scale Oceanography.- Geostrophic, baroclinic and barotropic motions.- “Ekman” transport.- “Sverdrup” transport.- Westward intensification.- Physical properties of sea water.- Water property distributions and tracers.- Thermohaline circulation.- Diffusion and mixing.- Turbulent mixing.- Mesoscale Oceanography.- Ocean eddies.- Gulf stream rings.- Frontal processes.- Tides and large-scale waves.- Internal waves.- The Oceanic Mixed Layer.- Time and space scales.- Modelling the mixed layer.- Forcing variables.- Solar radiation.- Wind forcing.- Buoyancy.- Conservation relations.- Shear instabilities.- Entrainment.- Advection.- Langmuir circulations.- Role of the mixed layer in ocean dynamics and climate.- Sea Surface Waves.- Wave breaking.- Wave generation and growth.- Appendix: Definitions.- Annotated Bibliography.

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