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Mesoscale Dynamics

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  • Date Published: January 2008
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521808750

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  • Mesoscale weather systems are responsible for numerous natural disasters, such as damaging winds, blizzards and flash flooding. A fundamental understanding of the underlying dynamics involved in these weather systems is essential in forecasting their occurrence. This 2007 book provides a systematic approach to this subject. The opening chapters introduce the basic equations governing mesoscale weather systems and their approximations. The subsequent chapters cover four major areas of mesoscale dynamics: wave dynamics, moist convection, front dynamics and mesoscale modelling. This is an ideal book on the subject for researchers in meteorology and atmospheric science. With over 100 problems, and password-protected solutions available to instructors at, this book could also serve as a textbook for graduate students. Modelling projects, providing hands-on practice for building simple models of stratified fluid flow from a one-dimensional advection equation, are also described.

    • A wide range of weather phenomena is described making this a great all-in-one guide to mesoscale dynamics
    • Modelling projects are included to allow reader to get hands on experience in developing simple models
    • Each chapter ends with review questions; featured problems with solutions allow for the book to be used on select courses for graduates
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "This is a readable, beautifully-presented and well-balanced text that should find a place on the bookshelves of many university libraries. ... will prove to be a very valuable book for both students and researchers." - Suzanne Grey, Royal Meteorological Society

    "[This book] is fundamental, comprehensive, in-depth, well written, and adequately illustrated." - Bart Geerts, Bulletin of the Meteorological Society

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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 2008
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521808750
    • length: 646 pages
    • dimensions: 246 x 175 x 36 mm
    • weight: 1.33kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Overview
    2. Governing equations for mesoscale motions
    3. Basic wave dynamics
    4. Mesoscale wave generation and maintenance
    5. Orographically forced flows
    6. Thermally forced flows
    7. Mesoscale instabilities
    8. Isolated convective storms
    9. Mesoscale convective systems
    10. Dynamics of fronts and jet streaks
    11. Dynamics of orographic precipitation
    12. Basic numerical methods
    13. Numerical modeling of geophysical fluid systems
    14. Parameterization of physical processes

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    Yuh-Lang Lin, North Carolina State University
    Dr Yuh-Lang Lin is a Professor in the Department of Physics and Department of Energy and Environmental Systems at the North Carolina A&T State University (NCAT), and is Senior Scientist at the NCAT Interdisplinary Scientific Environmental Technology (ISET) Center. He has worked on the theory and modeling of a number of meteorological phenomena, including stratified flow past mountains, orographic precipitation, tropical waves and cyclones, multicell and supercell thunderstorms, moist convections, gravity waves, forest fires, and wake vortices. Other information can be found at

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