Buoyant Convection in Geophysical Flows

  • E. J. Plate
  • E. E. Fedorovich
  • D. X. Viegas
  • J. C. Wyngaard

Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (ASIC, volume 513)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. C. Kiemle, G. Ehret, K. J. Davis, D. H. Lenschow, S. P. Oncley
    Pages 207-238
  3. D. X. Viegas
    Pages 401-420
  4. A. P. Siebesma
    Pages 441-486
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 487-491

About this book


Studies of convection in geophysical flows constitute an advanced and rapidly developing area of research that is relevant to problems of the natural environment. During the last decade, significant progress has been achieved in the field as a result of both experimental studies and numerical modelling. This led to the principal revision of the widely held view on buoyancy-driven turbulent flows comprising an organised mean component with superimposed chaotic turbulence. An intermediate type of motion, represented by coherent structures, has been found to play a key role in geophysical boundary layers and in larger scale atmospheric and hydrospheric circulations driven by buoyant forcing. New aspects of the interaction between convective motions and rotation have recently been discovered and investigated. Extensive experimental data have also been collected on the role of convection in cloud dynamics and microphysics. New theoretical concepts and approaches have been outlined regarding scaling and parameterization of physical processes in buoyancy-driven geophysical flows.
The book summarizes interdisciplinary studies of buoyancy effects in different media (atmosphere and hydrosphere) over a wide range of scales (small scale phenomena in unstably stratified and convectively mixed layers to deep convection in the atmosphere and ocean), by different research methods (field measurements, laboratory simulations, numerical modelling), and within a variety of application areas (dispersion of pollutants, weather forecasting, hazardous phenomena associated with buoyant forcing).


Absorption Cloud Ocean Scale Weather forecasting Wind convection

Editors and affiliations

  • E. J. Plate
    • 1
  • E. E. Fedorovich
    • 1
  • D. X. Viegas
    • 2
  • J. C. Wyngaard
    • 3
  1. 1.University of KarlsruheGermany
  2. 2.University of CoimbraPortugal
  3. 3.Pennsylvania State UniversityUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 1998
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-6125-4
  • Online ISBN 978-94-011-5058-3
  • Series Print ISSN 1389-2185
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