Synoptic-Dynamic Meteorology in Midlatitudes: Volume I: Principles of Kinematics and Dynamics

Hardcover | September 1, 1995

byHoward Bluestein

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This new, comprehensive textbook for upper-division undergraduate and graduate students of meteorology presents for the first time information that is now considered essential in modern weather forecasting. Based on a successful series of courses taught by the author at the University ofOklahoma, the text carefully examines the foundations of synoptic meteorology, from the analysis of scalar fields to atmospheric kinematics, dynamics, and thermodynamics. Newer topics such as Q-vectors, and modern observing systems such as Doppler radar are discussed, and several detailed figuresand many helpful problems are included. This timely work emphasizes both physical understanding and mathematical analysis, and clearly explains observations in light of current theory. It will be a valuable reference for weather forecasters and researchers as well as students.

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This new, comprehensive textbook for upper-division undergraduate and graduate students of meteorology presents for the first time information that is now considered essential in modern weather forecasting. Based on a successful series of courses taught by the author at the University ofOklahoma, the text carefully examines the foundat...

Howard Bluestein is at University of Oklahoma.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:448 pages, 6.46 × 9.57 × 1.3 inPublished:September 1, 1995Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195062671

ISBN - 13:9780195062670

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Table of Contents

PART I: Introduction1. What is Synoptic Meteorology?2. Units and Variables3. Coordinate SystemsPART II: Scalar Fields and Their Kinematics1. The Pressure Field2. The Temperature and Moisture Fields3. The Measurement of Scalar FieldsPART III: Kinematics of the Wind Field1. Properties of the Wind Field2. Computation of Divergence, Vorticity, and Deformation3. Properties of the Three Dimensional Wind Field4. Measuring the Wind FieldPART IV: Elementary Atmospheric Dynamics and Thermodynamics1. The Law of Motion2. The Equation of Continuity3. The Thermodynamics Equation4. Friction5. The Vorticity Equation6. Energetics7. Thermodynamic RetrievalPART V: Quasi-Geostrophic Theory1. Introduction2. Estimating the Terms in the Vorticity and Thermodynamics Equation3. Estimating Vertical Motion from the Observed Wind and Mass Fields4. Estimating Local Height Tendencies from the Observed Wind and Mass Fields5. The Quasi-Geostrophic Vorticity and Thermodynamic Equations6. Derivation of the Quasi-Geostrophic w and Height Tendency Equations7. Interpretation of the Quasi-Geostrophic w-Equation8. The Quasi-Geostrophic Potential Vorticity Form of the Height-Tendency Equation9. Static Stability Effects on Vertical Motion10. Interpretation of the Quasi-Geostrophic Height-Tendency Equation11. The Effects of Vertical Variations in Static Stability on the Geopotential-Height Tendency

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"Contains theory now considered essential in weather forecasting. The text is accompanied by many, clearly drawn figures which are often used to link together theory and observation. Each chapter contains an extensive list of references. . . . those involved in forecasting and those new todynamical meteorology will find it a very useful reference text." --Weather