Dynamic Meteorology

  • A. Eliassen
  • E. KleinschmidtJr.
Part of the Handbuch der Physik / Encyclopedia of Physics book series (HDBPHYS, volume 10 / 48)


All motions in the atmosphere connected with weather are formed as a result of heating from the sun. The atmosphere acts as a kind of heat engine, continually converting heat into mechanical energy; and mechanical energy is in turn converted back to heat by frictional dissipation. This indicates that neither pure hydrodynamics, nor pure thermodynamics suffices to explain the motions in the atmosphere; the appropriate science is a combination of both, which is called “ physical hydrodynamics”.


Potential Vorticity Meridional Circulation Geostrophic Wind Friction Layer Eddy Flux 
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  • E. KleinschmidtJr.

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