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Geophysical Waves and Flows
Theory and Applications in the Atmosphere, Hydrosphere and Geosphere


  • Date Published: October 2017
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107186194

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  • Waves and flows are pervasive on and within Earth. This book presents a unified physical and mathematical approach to waves and flows in the atmosphere, oceans, rivers, volcanoes and the mantle, emphasizing the common physical principles and mathematical methods that apply to a variety of phenomena and disciplines. It is organized into seven parts: introductory material; kinematics, dynamics and rheology; waves in non-rotating fluids; waves in rotating fluids; non-rotating flows; rotating flows; and silicate flows. The chapters are supplemented by 47 'fundaments', containing knowledge that is fundamental to the material presented in the main text, organized into seven appendices: mathematics; dimensions and units; kinematics; dynamics; thermodynamics; waves; and flows. This book is an ideal reference for graduate students and researchers seeking an introduction to the mathematics of waves and flows in the Earth system, and will serve as a supplementary textbook for a number of courses in geophysical fluid dynamics.

    • Presents analytic solutions to a number of problems, enabling readers to gain an appreciation of the power of mathematical analysis in solving Earth science problems
    • Footnotes cross-reference topics in different chapters and appendices, allowing readers to make connections between related topics
    • Includes applications in meteorology, oceanography, hydrology and solid-Earth geophysics
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'At last! An applied mathematician who ably explains complicated geophysical phenomena thoroughly and transparently. Read, enjoy and learn! I have.' Paul Roberts, University of California, Los Angeles

    'This is a feast for mathematically literate oceanographers and atmospheric scientists and a crucial reference for established mathematicians who may be embarking on research in one of these disciplines. The amazing array of types of wave and flow is systematically analyzed by presenting them as examples of fundamental principles with shared mathematical features. The comprehensive coverage of the subject ensures both immediate usefulness and an extended life as a reference work.' Frank Stacey, formerly of CSIRO

    '… a unique book … The holistic approach - of including the history, basic properties, relevance and modern usage of waves in the diverse areas of geophysics - makes the book an ideal companion for every geophysicist and a valuable resource in every library.' Ibrahim Eltayeb, Sultan Qaboos University, Oman

    'This book is an important contribution to geophysics and applied mathematics. Its goal is to present a unified approach to geophysical waves and flows in a systematic manner. The omni-pervasive subject that it discusses makes it attractive for researchers both in geophysics and astrophysics. Furthermore, the structure of this volume is a multilayered one, so that it can be accessed by a variety of audiences.' Silvia De Bianchi, Mathematical Reviews

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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 2017
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107186194
    • length: 518 pages
    • dimensions: 254 x 180 x 28 mm
    • weight: 1.17kg
    • contains: 86 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Introductory Material:
    1. Introduction
    2. Getting started
    Part II. Kinematics, Dynamics and Rheology:
    3. Kinematics of deformation and flow
    4. Dynamics and the stress tensor
    5. Some thermodynamics
    6. Shear rheology
    7. Static state and perturbations
    8. Introduction to rotating fluids
    Part III. Waves in Non-Rotating Fluids:
    9. Introduction to waves
    10. Elastic waves
    11. Deep-water waves
    12. Linear shallow-water waves
    13. Non-linear shallow-water waves
    14. Other non-rotating waves
    Part IV. Waves in Rotating Fluids:
    15. Geostrophic, inertial and rossby waves
    16. Rotationally modified waves
    17. Equatorial waves
    18. Coastal and topographic waves
    Part V. Non-Rotating Flows:
    19. Orientation to one-dimensional flow
    20. Steady channel flow
    21. Unsteady channel flow: hydraulic shock waves
    22. Gravitationally forced flows
    23. A simple model of turbulent flow
    24. Some simple turbulent flows
    Part VI. Flows in Rotating Fluids:
    25. Ekman layers
    26. Atmospheric flows
    27. Oceanic currents
    28. Vortices
    Part VII. Silicate Flows:
    29. Equations governing silicate flows
    30. Cooling the Earth
    31. Cooling the mantle
    32. Cooling the core
    33. Overview of volcanic flows
    34. Flow in volcanic conduits
    35. Lava flow
    Part VIII. Fundaments: Appendix A. Mathematics
    Appendix B. Dimensions and units
    Appendix C. Kinematics
    Appendix D. Dynamics
    Appendix E. Thermodynamics
    Appendix F. Waves
    Appendix G. Flows

  • Author

    David E. Loper, Florida State University
    David E. Loper is an Emeritus Professor at Florida State University. After completing his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, and after a brief stint in the aerospace industry and a postdoctoral appointment at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), Professor Loper took a joint position in Applied Mathematics and the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Institute at Florida State University, where he is a Distinguished Research Professor. Later in his career, his departmental affiliation changed to Geology. He was a co-founder and secretary of SEDI (Study of the Earth's Deep Interior, a Committee of the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics) and is Fellow of the American Geophysical Union.

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