2nd Edition

Classical Mechanics in Geophysical Fluid Dynamics

By Osamu Morita Copyright 2023
    392 Pages 131 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    This new edition of Classical Mechanics in Geophysical Fluid Dynamics describes the motions of rigid bodies and shows how classical mechanics has important applications to geophysics, as in the precessions of the earth, oceanic tides, and the retreat of the moon from the earth owing to the tidal friction. Unlike the more general mechanics textbooks this gives a unique presentation of these applications. The coverage of geophysical fluid dynamics has been revised, with a new chapter on various kinds of gravity waves, a new section on geostrophic turbulence, and new material on the Euler angles, the precession and nutation of a Lagrange top, Rayleigh–Bénard convection, and the Ekman flow.

    This textbook for senior undergraduate and graduate students outlines and provides links between classical mechanics and geophysical fluid dynamics. It is particularly suitable for geophysics, meteorology, and oceanography students on mechanics and fluid dynamics courses, as well as serving as a general textbook for a course on geophysical fluid dynamics.

    1. Introduction

    2. Kinematics

    3. Force and Motion

    4. Inertial Force

    5. Work and Energy

    6. Oscillatory Motion

    7. Mechanics of Rigid Bodies

    8. Momentum and Impulse

    9. Angular Momentum Equation

    10. Motion of Rigid Bodies

    11. Orbital Motion of Planets

    12. Introduction to Geophysical Fluid Dynamics

    13. Phenomena in Geophysical Fluids: Part I

    14. Phenomena in Geophysical Fluids: Part II

    15. Phenomena in Geophysical Fluids: Part III

    Appendix A. Acceleration in Spherical Coordinates

    Appendix B. Vector Analysis

    Appendix C. Useful Constants and Parameters

    Appendix D. Answers to Problems

    Appendix E. Further Reading


    Osamu Morita is a Guest Professor at Fukuoka University with a background in meteorology, physics and of the earth and planetary sciences.