Topics in Geophysical Fluid Dynamics: Atmospheric Dynamics, Dynamo Theory, and Climate Dynamics

  • M. Ghil
  • S. Childress

Part of the Applied Mathematical Sciences book series (AMS, volume 60)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Fundamentals

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      Pages 1-16
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      Pages 17-32
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      Pages 33-43
  3. Large-Scale Atmospheric Dynamics

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      Pages 44-72
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      Pages 73-124
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      Pages 125-201
  4. Dynamo Theory

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      Pages 202-224
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      Pages 225-265
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      Pages 266-293
  5. Theoretical Climate Dynamics

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      Pages 294-352
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      Pages 353-390
    3. M. Ghil, S. Childress
      Pages 391-452
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 453-485

About this book


The vigorous stirring of a cup of tea gives rise, as we all know, to interesting fluid dynamical phenomena, some of which are very hard to explain. In this book our "cup of tea" contains the currents of the Earth's atmosphere, oceans, mantle, and fluid core. Our goal is to under­ stand the basic physical processes which are most important in describing what we observe, directly or indirectly, in these complex systems. While in many respects our understanding is measured by the ability to predict, the focus here will be on relatively simple models which can aid our physical intuition by suggesting useful mathematical methods of investiga­ tion. These elementary models can be viewed as part of a hierarchy of models of increasing complexity, moving toward those which might be use­ fully predictive. The discussion in this book will deal primarily with the Earth. Interplanetary probes of Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn have revealed many exciting phenomena which bear on geophysical fluid dynamics. They have also enabled us to see the effect of changing the values of certain parameters, such as gravity and rotation rate, on geophysical flows. On the other hand, satellite observations of our own planet on a daily and hourly basis have turned it into a unique laboratory for the study of fluid motions on a scale never dreamt of before: the motion of cyclones can be observed via satellite just as wing tip vortices are studied in a wind tunnel.


Derivation Orbit Potential Scale calculus cyclone equation satellite theorem wind

Authors and affiliations

  • M. Ghil
    • 1
    • 2
  • S. Childress
    • 1
  1. 1.Courant Institute of Mathematical SciencesNew York UniversityNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Institute of Geophysics and Planetary PhysicsUniversity of California at Los AngelesLos AngelesUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 1987
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-0-387-96475-1
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4612-1052-8
  • Series Print ISSN 0066-5452
  • Series Online ISSN 2196-968X
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