Air and Water

Trade Winds, Hurricanes, Gulf Stream, Tsunamis and Other Striking Phenomena

  • René Moreau

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XVI
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  10. Back Matter
    Pages 209-269

About this book


Air and water are so familiar that we all think we know them. Yet how difficult it remains to predict their behavior, with so many questions butting against the limits of our knowledge. How are cyclones, tornadoes, thunderstorms, tsunamis or floods generated — sometimes causing devastation and death? What will the weather be tomorrow, next week, next summer? This book brings some answers to these questions with a strategy of describing before explaining. Starting by considering air and water in equilibrium (i.e., at rest), it progresses to discuss dynamic phenomena first focusing on large scale structures, such as El Niño or trade winds, then on ever smaller structures, such as low-pressure zones in the atmosphere, clouds, rain, as well as tides and waves. It finishes by describing man-mad

e constructions (dams, ports, power plants, etc.) that serve to domesticate our water resources and put them to work for us. 

Including over one hundred illustrations and very few equations, most of the text is accessible to readers with no more than high-school science and who are at ease with quantities such as the temperature of a fluid or the pressure within such a medium. Beyond the primary audience of engineers, teachers, and students, the book is thus also addressed to walkers, hikers, navigators, and all nature lovers. 



Atmospheric Motions Meteorology Ocean Circulation Storms and Hurricanes Tides and Waves

Authors and affiliations

  • René Moreau
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  1. 1.Grenoble Institute of TechnologyLaboratory of Science, Engineering, Materials and Processes (SIMAP), Grenoble Institute of TechnologyGrenobleFrance

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