Atmospheric and Oceanic Fluid Dynamics, by G. K. Vallis

2nd edition

New addition: a chapter on the stratosphere!

Updated March 9, 2014.
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I am in the process of preparing a second edition of my first book, Atmospheric and Oceanic Fluid dynamics. This page will be used to post new chapters for that edition and to solicit comments. Please pass this link on to anyone who may be interested, especially students and postdocs.

The web site for the first edition of the book, containing a description of already published material, is to be found at: http://www.vallisbook.org/

Material Now Available

Chapters on waves:

A chapter on 'Wave Fundamentals'. It contains material on the fundamentals on waves (e.g., dispersion relation, group velocity) plus an introduction to Rossby waves.

A chapter on 'Gravity Waves'. It contains material on surface waves and internal gravity waves in both non-rotating and rotating settings, and mountain waves The chapter mainly treats the waves themselves, rather than their effect on the large-scale circulation.

The original chapter on stationary waves in the atmosphere has been partially re-written and some new material added mainly concerning Rossby wave propagation in inhomogeneous media (using WKB theory).

Two chapters on equatorial dynamics:

A 'GFD' chapter entitled 'Linear dynamics at low latitudes'. It mainly deals equatorial waves and the Matsuno-Gill problem.

A chapter on 'Equatorial Circulation of the Ocean'. It deals with the large-scale equatorial circulation and undercurrent theory. Sections on El Nino will be added in the fullness of time.

A Chapter on Stratospheric Dynamics

This new chapter contains material on the large-scale stratospheric circulation, gravity waves and Rossby waves in the stratosphere, the QBO, and extra-tropical wave-mean-flow interaction and sudden warmings.

Comments are solicited

Comments are solicited on any and all of the above, major or minor, on what is missing, on undue repetition, and what would make the chapters better. There is no need to comment on small typos in the text --- these will be cleaned up in the final version. However, please do point out typos in equations and, even more importantly, thinkos, which are sort of typos in the brain. My email is g dot vallis at exeter dot ac dot uk


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