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Dynamic Meteorology

A Basic Course, 1st Edition

By Adrian Gordon, Warwick Grace, Roland Byron-Scott, Peter Schwerdtfeger


344 pages

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'Dynamic Meteorology: A Basic Course' is an introduction to the physics of the atmosphere. Starting from the basics, it provides students with an awareness of simple mathematics and enthusiastically proceeds to provide a thorough grounding in the fundamentals of meteorology. The authors lead students to a scientifically rigorous understanding of the behaviour of weather systems such as highs, lows, fronts, jet streams and tropical cyclones.

From the 'ABC' of the laws of Avogrado, Boyle and Charles to the powerful omega equation and beyond, this is a simple exposition of dynamic meteorology. Why does the wind blow along the lines of isobars rather than across them? Why are low pressure systems on the weather map more intense than high-pressure systems? Why is there much less constraint on the strength of the wind around a cyclone than an anticyclone? An international team of academic experts in meteorology answer these and many other fundamental questions with simple mathematical equations. Covering both northern and southern hemispheres, 'Dynamic Meteorology' equips students of earth and environmental sciences with proper understanding of the essential mathematics necessary to unlock the mysteries of the natural world.


This step-by-step guide…provides students with a proper understanding of the essential mathematics necessary to unlock the mysteries of the natural world.
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Table of Contents

Introduction: Units and dimensions
The thermodynamics of dry clean air
The aerological diagram
The thermodynamics of moist air
Hydrostatic equilibrium
The equations of motion
The coriolos force
The equations of motion: Derivation in various coordinates
Balanced flow
Unbalanced flow
Euler and lagrange
The long wave equations
The upper air synoptic chart
Friction in the boundary layer of the atmosphere
Some more advanced equations
Synoptic observations and analysis
Simple synoptic models
The tropical cyclone
Radiant energy transfer
The radiation balance of the earth
Climate change

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Geography
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography