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Waves and Mean Flows

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  • Date Published: November 2009
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  • isbn: 9780511601958

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  • Interactions between waves and mean flows play a crucial role in understanding the long-term aspects of atmospheric and oceanographic modeling. Indeed, our ability to predict climate change hinges on our ability to model waves accurately. This book gives a modern account of the nonlinear interactions between waves and mean flows such as shear flows and vortices. A detailed account of the theory of linear dispersive waves in moving media is followed by a thorough introduction to classical wave–mean interaction theory. The author then extends the scope of the classical theory and lifts its restriction to zonally symmetric mean flows. The book is a fundamental reference for graduate students and researchers in fluid mechanics, and can be used as a text for advanced courses; it will also be appreciated by geophysicists and physicists who need an introduction to this important area in fundamental fluid dynamics and atmosphere-ocean science.

    • Allows other branches of fluid dynamics to learn from recent advances in atmosphere ocean sciences
    • Contains material that is accessible to advanced undergraduate students as well as professional researchers
    • Its focus on fundamental fluid dynamics makes this book relevant to many areas of physics, including acoustics and plasma physics
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "Bühler's well-organized textbook is excellent in all the most important ways. The author is well known in the field for applications of the GLM formulation to real-world problems, and his book will likely become the authoritative resource on the subject. Waves and Mean Flows presents its readers with a clearly written text that is comfortable to read. As a logically laid-out, internally consistent, and self-contained work, it will be useful both as a textbook and as a handy reference for researchers."
    Steve K. Lamoreaux, Yale University for Physics Today

    "For anyone wishing to work seriously with the GLM approach, Waves and Mean Flows is indispensable."
    Physics Today

    "...this text is, to my knowledge, the best existing source for a comprehensive introduction to the GLM theory. Many important concepts, such as the development of Lagrangian-mean divergence in divergence-free Eulerian flows, are explained with clarity, often through the use of elegant examples. ... Its intentionally provocative deviation from habitual Eulerian-mean thinking is certain to prove valuable and stimulating, and will no doubt have the desired long-term mean effect of raising the scientific community’s conceptual center of gravity in this important field of inquiry."
    Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society

    "The book is written in a very unpretentious, direct style. This book is an excellent investment for atmospheric and oceanic dynamicists and many environmental and mechanical engineers. Applied mathematicians who want to understand geophysical waves deeply and/or ray tracing will like this book, too."
    SIAM Review

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2009
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9780511601958
    • contains: 10 b/w illus.
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Fluid Dynamics and Waves:
    1. Elements of fluid dynamics
    2. Linear waves
    3. Geometric wave theory
    4. Dispersive waves and ray tracing
    Part II. Wave–Mean Interaction Theory:
    5. Zonally symmetric wave–mean interaction theory
    6. Internal gravity waves
    7. Shear flows
    8. Three-dimensional rotating flow
    9. Rossby waves and balanced dynamics
    10. Lagrangian-mean theory
    11. Zonally symmetric GLM theory
    Part III. Waves and Vortices:
    12. A framework for local interactions
    13. Wave-driven vortex dynamics on beaches
    14. Wave refraction by vortices

  • Author

    Oliver Bühler, New York University
    Oliver Bühler is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University.

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