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Dynamics of the Atmosphere, Spring 2008

Dynamics of the Atmosphere, Spring 2008

This course begins with a study of the role of dynamics in ... (more)

This course begins with a study of the role of dynamics in the general physics of the atmosphere, the consideration of the differences between modeling and approximation, and the observed large-scale phenomenology of the atmosphere. Only then are the basic equations derived in rigorous manner. The equations are then applied to important problems and methodologies in meteorology and climate, with discussions of the history of the topics where appropriate. Problems include the Hadley circulation and its role in the general circulation, atmospheric waves including gravity and Rossby waves and their interaction with the mean flow, with specific applications to the stratospheric quasi-biennial oscillation, tides, the super-rotation of Venus' atmosphere, the generation of atmospheric turbulence, and stationary waves among other problems. The quasi-geostrophic approximation is derived, and the resulting equations are used to examine the hydrodynamic stability of the circulation with applications ranging from convective adjustment to climate. (less)

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Author:
Lindzen, Richard
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El Nino: The Weather Maker

El Nino: The Weather Maker

This lesson focuses upon the scientific phenomenon of El Nino. Learners will ... (more)

This lesson focuses upon the scientific phenomenon of El Nino. Learners will also explore the possible link between human-induced global warming, and El Nino as a possible distributor of global warming's extra energy. Links to related sites are included. (less)

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NASA
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NASA
Author:
Lynn Birdsong
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Science and Technology
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Author:
George Kocur
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