Atmospheric Convection

Hardcover | February 1, 1994

byKerry A. Emanuel

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This graduate-level meteorology text and reference provides a scientifically rigorous description of the many types of convective circulations in the Earth's atmosphere. These range from small-scale, convectively driven turbulences in the boundary layer to precipitating systems covering manythousands of square kilometers. The text introduces the principal techniques used in understanding and predicting convective motion: theory, field experiment, and numerical modelling. Part I explores dry convection, including turbulent plumes and thermals from isolated buoyancy sources,Raleigh-Benard convection, and turbulent convection in the planetary boundary layer. Emphasis is placed on applying theoretical understanding and lessons from experiments. Part II offers a complete treatment of the thermodynamics of moist and cloudy air, including fundamental laws, conservedquantities, graphical techniques, and stability. Part III explores the characteristics of individual convective clouds, thunderstorms, squall lines, mesoscale convective systems, and slantwise convection. Part IV studies the ensemble effects of convective clouds, including stratocumulus at tradecumulus boundary layers and the representation of convective clouds in numerical models. Each chapter is followed by a set of exercises.

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This graduate-level meteorology text and reference provides a scientifically rigorous description of the many types of convective circulations in the Earth's atmosphere. These range from small-scale, convectively driven turbulences in the boundary layer to precipitating systems covering manythousands of square kilometers. The text in...

Kerry A. Emanuel, Ph. D., is Professor, and Director of the Center for Meteorology and Physical Oceanography at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:592 pages, 6.26 × 9.49 × 1.26 inPublished:February 1, 1994Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195066308

ISBN - 13:9780195066302

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Table of Contents

PART I: Dry Convection1. General Principles2. Convection from Local Sources3. Global Convection: The Rayleigh-Benard Problem and Dry Convective Boundary LayersPART II: Moist Thermodynamics and Stability4. Moist Thermodynamic Processes5. Graphical Techniques6. StabilityPART III: Local Properties of Moist Convection7. Observed Characteristics of Nonprecipitating Cumuli8. Theory of Mixing in Cumulus Clouds9. Observed Characteristics of Precipitating Convection10. Numerical Modeling of Convective Clouds11. Dynamics of Precipitating Convection12. Slantwise ConvectionPART IV: Global Moist Convection13. Stratocumulus and Trade-Cumulus Boundary Layers14. Deep Convective Regimes15. Interaction of Convection with Large-scale Flows16. Cumulus Representations in Numerical Models

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"Each chapter concludes with exercises for students and the author gives as well the e-mail address from which codes useful for solving some of them are available. The clear layout of the text and the favorable selection of the illustrations should also be emphasized...Useful not only forstudents but for professionals as well. A valuable contribution to the library of meteorological textbooks and monographs."--Krzysztof Haman, Institute of Geophysics