Atmosphere-Ocean Interaction

Hardcover | November 1, 1994

byEric B. Kraus, Joost A. Businger

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With both the growing importance of integrating studies of air-sea interaction and the interest in the general problem of global warming, the appearance of the second edition of this popular text is especially welcome. Thoroughly updated and revised, the authors have retained the accessible,comprehensive expository style that distinguished the earlier edition. Topics include the state of matter near the interface, radiation, surface wind waves, turbulent transfer near the interface, the planetary boundary layer, atmospherically-forced perturbations in the oceans, and large-scaleforcing by sea surface buoyancy fluxes. This book will be welcomed by students and professionals in meteorology, physical oceanography, physics and ocean engineering.

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With both the growing importance of integrating studies of air-sea interaction and the interest in the general problem of global warming, the appearance of the second edition of this popular text is especially welcome. Thoroughly updated and revised, the authors have retained the accessible,comprehensive expository style that distingu...

Eric B. Kraus is at University of Miami (Emeritus). Joost A. Businger is at University of Washington (Emeritus).
Format:HardcoverDimensions:384 pages, 9.45 × 6.3 × 1.1 inPublished:November 1, 1994Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195066189

ISBN - 13:9780195066180

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Table of Contents

1. Basic Concepts1.1. Notation1.2. Conservation Equations1.3. Turbulence and Turbulent Transport1.4. Statistical Description of Fluctuating Quantities1.5. Scaling Techniques and Similarity Relations2. The State of Matter Near the Interface2.1. Sea Water2.2. Moist Air2.3. The Liquid-Gas Interface2.4. Bubbles and Spray2.5. Sea Ice3. Radiation3.1. Definitions3.2. Solar Radiation3.3. Terrestrial Radiation3.4. Empirical Formulas for Estimating the Surface Radiation Budget4. Surface Wind Waves4.1. Basic Dynamics of Harmonic Waves in Fluids4.2. Small Amplitude Waves at the Air-Sea Interface4.3. Second-Order Quantities and Approximations4.4. Sources and Sinks of Surface Wave Energy4.5. The Evolution and Parameterization of Surface Wave Spectra5. Turbulent Transfer Near the Interface5.1. The Structure of the Interface and Adjacent Layers5.2. The Effect of Stratification5.3. Dynamic Interactions Between Wind and Sea Surface5.4. Transport of Trace Gases Across the Interface5.5. The Sea Surface Temperature (SST) and the Energy Budget5.6. Methods to Observe the Fluxes in the Atmospheric Surface Layer6. The Planetary Boundary Layer6.1. The Ekman Boundary Layer6.2. Coherent Structures in the Planetary Boundary Layer6.3. Parametric Representation of PBL Fluxes and Profiles6.4. Mixed-Layer Models7. Atmospherically-Forced Perturbations in the Oceans7.1. Perturbations of a Shallow, Homogenous Ocean7.2. The Two-Layer Ocean Model7.3. Internal Inertio-Gravity Waves7.4. The Response of the Open Ocean to Moving Cyclonic Storms7.5. The Effect of Lateral Boundaries on Wind-Forced Perturbations7.6. Rossby or Planetary Waves7.7. Equatorial Currents and Perturbations8. Large-Scale Forcing by Sea Surface Buoyancy Fluxes8.1. The Predominant Direction and Variability of Air-Sea Interactions8.2. Deep Convection8.3. The Tropical Atmosphere8.4. Some Low-Frequency Ocean-Atmosphere Feedback Processes

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"On balance, this book is excellent and deserves to be in the personal collection of active scientists." --Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society