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Atmospheric Circulation Dynamics and General Circulation Models


Part of the Springer Praxis Books book series (PRAXIS)

Also part of the Environmental Sciences book sub series (ENVIRONSCI)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxviii
  2. Principle Ideas

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-3
    2. Masaki Satoh
      Pages 4-31
    3. Masaki Satoh
      Pages 32-54
    4. Masaki Satoh
      Pages 55-79
    5. Masaki Satoh
      Pages 80-132
    6. Masaki Satoh
      Pages 133-184
    7. Masaki Satoh
      Pages 185-206
    8. Masaki Satoh
      Pages 207-235
    9. Masaki Satoh
      Pages 236-261
    10. Masaki Satoh
      Pages 262-275
    11. Masaki Satoh
      Pages 276-292
    12. Masaki Satoh
      Pages 293-322
  3. Atmospheric Structures

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 323-325
    2. Masaki Satoh
      Pages 326-352
    3. Masaki Satoh
      Pages 353-369
    4. Masaki Satoh
      Pages 370-394
    5. Masaki Satoh
      Pages 395-419
    6. Masaki Satoh
      Pages 420-440
    7. Masaki Satoh
      Pages 441-473

About this book


General circulation models (GCMs), which define the fundamental dynamics of atmospheric circulation, are nowadays used in various fields of atmospheric science such as weather forecasting, climate predictions and environmental estimations. The Second Edition of this renowned work has been updated to include recent progress of high resolution global modeling. It also contains for the first time aspects of high-resolution global nonhydrostatis models that the author has been studying since the publication of the first edition. Some highlighted results from the Non-hydrostatic ICosahedral Atmospheric Model (NICAM) are also included. The author outlines the theoretical concepts, simple models and numerical methods for modeling the general circulation of the atmosphere. Concentrating on the physical mechanisms responsible for the development of large-scale circulation of the atmosphere, the book offers comprehensive coverage of an important and rapidly developing technique used in the atmospheric science. Dynamic interpretations of the atmospheric structure and their aspects in the general circulation model are described step by step. This book describes the methods used to construct general circulation models of the atmosphere, and how such models perform in applications relating to the real climate or environmental systems. The book is divided into three parts: Part 1 summarizes the physical processes involved, including basic equations, waves and instabilities; Part 2 covers atmospheric structures, including various types of one- and two-dimensional structures and circulations; and Part 3 describes the basic notions for construction of general circulation models of the atmosphere and their applications. Three appendices incorporate the basic data and mathematical formulae required to enable readers to construct GCMs for themselves.

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1., Atmosphere and Ocean Research InstituteThe University of TokyoKashiwa, ChibaJapan

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