The weather can be a cause of disruption, despair and even danger everywhere around the world at one time or another. Even when benign it is a source of constant fascination. Applied Atmospheric Dynamics connects this interest with the theoretic underpinnings of fluid dynamics; linking real physical events as diverse as Hurricane Katrina and the strong katabatic winds of Antarctica, with quantitative conceptual models of atmospheric behaviour.
Assuming only basic calculus the book provides a physical basis for understanding atmospheric motions around the globe as well as detailing the advances that have led to a greater understanding of weather and climate.
The accompanying supplementary cd-rom features colour graphics, maps, databases, animations, project materials, as well as weather data tips.
Preface. PART I: ANATOMY OF A CYCLONE. 1. Anatomy of a Cyclone. 2. Mathematical Methods in Fluid Dynamics. 3. Properties of Fluids. 4. Fundamental Forces. 5. Scale Analysis. 6. SWimple Steady Motion. 7. Circulation and Vorticity. 8. Simple Wave Motions. 9. Extra tropical Weather Systems. PART II: ATMOSPHERIC PHENOMENA. 10. Boundary Layers. 11. Clouds and Severe Weather. 12. Tropical Weather. 13. Mountain Weather. 14. Polar Weather. 15. Epilogue: The general circulation. Appendix A: Symbols. Appendix B: Constants and Units. Bibliography. Index.
...a recommended text for an introductory level weather systems or geophysical fluid dynamics course... (Area, 2007)