Essentials of Atmospheric and Oceanic Dynamics

October 1, 2018

Essential of Atmospheric and Oceanic Fluid Mechanics is an introductory book written for advanced undergraduates or beginning graduate students. It is what its title says, with an emphasis on large-scale phenomena and circulation. It differs from its parent book, Atmospheric and Oceanic Fluid Dynamics, in two ways.

  • It is much shorter: many advanced or inessential sections are omitted.
  • The explanations are simplified where possible.
It is written for students (and scientists) who want an introduction to the subject but who don't want all the gory detail. It is meant to be accessible to non-specialists and will be suitable for students who will not necessarily go on to become dynamicists. It could be used as a text for 3rd or 4th year undergraduates, or as a first course in graduate school. Prerequisites are familiarity with vector calculus and basic classical physics, or at least willingness to do some reading on those topics while studying this book.

As well as very basic material it includes some elementary introductions to a few 'advanced' topics, such as geostrophic turbulence and the Transformed Eulerian Mean, and it also includes material on the general circulation of the atmosphere and ocean. The advanced topics could easily be omitted for a first course.

The book is divided into three parts: (i) Geophysical Fluid Dynamics; (ii) Atmospheric Circulation (including a chapter on planetary atmospheres) and (iii) Ocean Circulation. The book contains about enough material for two semesters' worth of courses, and there are various ways it can be partitioned into two courses of one semester each.

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The book will be available in print in January 2019 and should be available online through Cambridge Core in December, 2018. It is being published by Cambridge University Press.

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