Atmospheric and Oceanic Fluid Dynamics

Material for a Second Edition

New! Updated August 20, 2015.

The main addition in this release is a chapter on water vapour and tropical dynamics.
Errata, August 20: There were some missing figures in the stratosphere chapter in the version made available on August 19, because of an obscure PDF issue now fixed. If this applies to you, download the file again.

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The PDF file contains the new chapters and some modified chapters that will appear in the 2nd edition of Atmospheric and Oceanic Fluid Dynamics. It does not contain the complete book so many cross-references are incomplete.

Chapters on Waves:

A chapter on Wave Fundamentals: dispersion relation, group velocity etc., plus an introduction to Rossby waves.
A chapter on 'Gravity Waves'.
A revised chapter on stationary waves in the atmosphere with new material on 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 with 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.

A Chapter on Water Vapour and Tropical Dynamics

This is the newest material. Half the chapter concerns water vapour itself and half is on the tropical dynamics of the atmosphere. There is material on the determination of relative humidity, tropical scaling, convection, quasi-equilibrium, radiative-convective equilibrium etc. I have tried to treat these topics in a similar style to the other topics in the book, so it is not a conventional 'tropical meteorology' chapter. The chapter is not finished, and I would like to include more material on large-scale tropical circulation, but it is readable. I will likely make additional changes and additions in the weeks ahead.

!! Comments are solicited !!

Comments are solicited on any and all of the above, major or minor. This includes typos in equations, what is missing, on undue repetition, and what would make the chapters better, and thinkos, which are sort of typos in the brain.

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